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October 20, 2004

1.7 million veterans lack health insurance, study finds

Nearly 1.7 million military veterans lacked health insurance or access to government care in 2003, an increase of 235,000 since 2000, Harvard Medical School researchers reported Tuesday.

Because of their age, nearly all World War II and Korean War veterans were covered by Medicare in 2003. But nearly 700,000 Vietnam-era veterans and 1 million veterans who served at other times were uninsured, according to Physicians for a National Health Program, which advocates national health insurance.

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Posted by Tom Troceen