Uninsured? Where You Can Find Medical Help Between Now and 2014


Robin Lauderdale traveled to a free clinic last weekend for a general medical checkup. She suffered a stroke a year earlier, and her blood pressure now was running high, she said.

Lauderdale, 43, of Lenoir City, Tenn., cleans houses for a living. Self-employed, she has no health insurance. Lauderdale said she has gone three years without a mammogram, and has not visited a dentist in six years.

Her story of fragmented care isn't unusual for the 46 million-plus Americans who have no health insurance.

The uninsured often have trouble accessing a physician in a private practice, says Kathleen Stoll, director of health policy for consumer advocacy group Families USA. "A lot of times you won't get to see a doctor if you don't have an insurance card,'' she says.