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Nearly 1.7 million veterans lack health care - study

Last Updated: 2004-10-19 15:57:03 -0400 (Reuters Health)

By Maggie Fox

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 1.7 million U.S. veterans under the age of 65 had no health care coverage in 2003 -- no access to private insurance, to Medicare or Medicaid or to the Veterans Affairs health program -- health care advocates said on Tuesday.

Many had seen combat in Vietnam or the Gulf Wars and most were employed, the Physicians for a National Health Program and Public Citizen said in a joint report.

"The number of uninsured veterans has increased by 235,159 since 2000, when 9.9 percent of non-elderly veterans were uninsured, a figure which rose to 11.9 percent in 2003," the groups said.

They found that more than one in three veterans under the age of 25 lacked health coverage, and one in 10 of those aged 45 to 65.

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