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Published Wednesday, October 16, 19 | By PaulvHill

Enrollment rules in private and governmental programs appear in millions of Americans going without health care coverage, including children. The U.S. Census Bureau calculated that 45.7 million Americans (15.3% of the total population) had no health insurance coverage in 2007. However, statistics concerning the insured population are difficult to pinpoint for a number of factors, with the Census Bureau writing that "health insurance coverage is likely to be underreported". Further, such statistics do not provide insight into the reason a given person might be uninsured. Studies have shown that approximately one-third of this 45.7 million person population of uninsured persons is actually eligible for government insurance programmes such as Medicaid/Medicare, but has elected not to enroll.

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