Uninsured? Do Something About It


— Corey Moss

Before Something Corporate set out on their first tour five years ago, Andrew McMahon's parents insisted the singer purchase health insurance. He agreed and "loaded up."

"And then when you do television appearances and things like that, there's another insurance that comes through that is subsidized by the labels," he explained. "My business manager was like, 'Do you want to drop your old insurance?' And I was like, 'Just keep it.' So I actually was double-covered."

Some of his bandmates, however, were not insured at all.

"Even before any of this stuff happened, I was like, 'Get insured! Are you crazy? You never know what can happen,' " said McMahon, who was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia (a.k.a. acute lymphoblastic leukemia). "It's like the one smart, non-impulsive thing I've done in my life was actually getting insurance. So thank God. That definitely would have made this process a whole lot more difficult."

According to the United States Census, more than 15 percent of all Americans are uninsured. In the 18-24 age group, that number increases to 30 percent, more than any other demographic.

This means young people receive less preventive care and diagnosed at more advanced disease stages. And once diagnosed, they tend to receive less therapeutic care and have higher mortality rates than those who have insurance.

So what can the uninsured do about it? Here are some links to help you learn more about health care: