The Handbook of Families and Poverty covers hotly debated issues associated with public policy and funded research as they relate to families and poverty. Contributors, bringing multiple perspectives to bear, aim to show alternatives to welfare in subgroups facing specific challenges that are currently not adequately addressed by the welfare system.  Readers will appreciate the insightful summaries of research involving poverty and its relationship to couple, marital, and family dynamics.

The Health-Care Safety Net for Mexican-Origin Families

The Health-Care Safety Net for Mexican-Origin Families

The health-care safety net for mexican-origin families

In the United States, employer-sponsored health insurance represents the largest source of health-care coverage for the working age population. In 2001, approximately 71% of the insured population had private coverage, and of those, approximately 63% were covered by employer-sponsored plans (Mills, 2002). For those without private coverage, the federal government is the insurer of last resort. In 2001, slightly more than 13% of insured Americans were covered by Medicare, and an additional 11% received Medicaid. The military and other sources cover a relatively small fraction of the population, leaving more than 40 million Americans, or more than 14% of the population, without health insurance (Mills, 2002). This is a startling figure in ...

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