OLYMPIA, Wash. - Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler revealed in a news conference this morning that last year's 726,000 uninsured has spiked 21 percent to a record 876,000.
"This year in Washington state, nearly 1 in 5 people between the ages of 19 and 64 will have no health insurance," said Kreidler. "These are not just statistics. They are people you know - family, friends, neighbors, colleagues. Maybe even you."
According to Kreidler, 150,000 Washington residents are or will become uninsured this year. This number includes:
- 95,000 workers who lost health insurance when they lost their jobs.
- Their 15,000 dependents who have lost coverage as well.
- And the 40,000 people scheduled to be cut from the state's Basic Health plan this year.