Chapter 8.2 presents data on whether Feeding America clients or anyone in their household had various kinds of health insurance. Clients also indicated whether they had unpaid medical or hospital bills and whether they had been refused medical care during the previous 12 months.
- 20.9% of the pantry, 33.3% of the kitchen, and 50.6% of the shelter clients or their households are without health insurance.
- 46.5% of the clients have unpaid medical or hospital bills.
- Clients refused care included over 1.2 million pantry clients and over 0.1 million kitchen clients.
- We find that among client households without health insurance, 82.3% had income at or below 130% of the federal poverty level in 2008, compared with 84.6% of the clients with health insurance had income at or below that level.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)