Latest figures indicate 1 in 8 are uninsured. That's almost a 20% increase since 2000. Most are middle class. Many are not close to facilities that can serve them.
Who are we talking about?
"Like other uninsured Americans, most uninsured vets are working people -- too poor to afford private coverage but not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid or means-tested VA care,"
What caused this crisis?
The study notes that in January 2003, the VA ordered a halt to the enrollment of most veterans who are not poor.
A halt in enrollment? Why?
The move was designed to reduce the backlog of patients waiting for care.
Reduce queue's by denying services.