- People who have served have a 13-percent higher rate of cancer, 62-percent higher rate of coronary heart disease and 67-percent higher rate of heart attacks.
- Individuals 18-39 years of age who have served have a 39-percent higher rate of insufficient sleep and 23-percent higher rate of smoking.
People Who Have Served Have Higher Rates of Health Insurance Coverage, but Individuals 18-39 Years of Age Often Lack a Personal Doctor or Health Care ProviderThe report found people who have served in the military have higher rates of health insurance coverage, fewer unmet medical needs and higher utilization of certain preventive services compared with those who have not served. However, they also are less likely to have someone they regard as a personal doctor or health care provider. For example:
- More than 90 percent of people who have served in the military have health insurance coverage, compared with about 83 percent of civilians.
- Individuals 18-39 years of age who have served are far less likely to have a personal doctor or health care provider (59.3 percent) compared with their older peers with military service and civilians of all ages.
This is the second time MOAA has partnered with United Health Foundation to identify specific areas to improve care for the men and women who have served."The health of those who have served is an important area of focus for policymakers, health officials and community leaders," Atkins said. "We encourage others to use these findings to help improve the lives of service members and their families." To read this report and additional America's Health Rankings materials, visit http://www.americashealthrankings.org. About America's Health Rankings and Health of Those Who Have Served Report America's Health Rankings, in partnership with MOAA, released the Health of Those Who Have Served Report to develop a holistic study of the heath of those who have served in the U.S. military compared with the health of civilians in the same age and demographic groups. The report focuses on the health of those who have ever served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces, either in regular military or in a National Guard or military reserve unit. Within the sample, the age distribution of those who have served and those who have not was adjusted to reflect the U.S. population and provide comparisons for the same age and demographic groups of both populations. The Health of Those Who Have Served Report establishes a national baseline portrait of the health of those who have ever served in active duty, analyzing 24 health measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) - the world's largest, annual population-based telephone survey of over 400,000 people. The measures include indicators of health behaviors, health outcomes and utilization of key health care services. United Health Foundation also produces the annual America's Health Rankings Annual Report and has recently expanded its reporting series to include a number of spotlight reports focused on important markers of the nation's health, including prevention and the impacts of unhealthy behaviors, and population reports on the health of seniors and the health of women and children. For more information, visit www.americashealthrankings.org. About United Health Foundation Through collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the well-being of local communities. United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, United Health Foundation has committed nearly $315 million to programs and communities around the world. We invite you to learn more at www.unitedhealthgroup.com/SocialResponsibility or follow Facebook.com/UHGGives. About Military Officers Association of America MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of officers from the seven uniformed services. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. MOAA is a powerful force with members from every branch of the uniformed services, including military active duty, National Guard and Reserve; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and United States Public Health Service; retired, former officers, and their families. Together we work to ensure a strong national defense and represent the interests of all uniformed service members, officer and enlisted, at every stage of their careers. Learn more at: http://www.moaa.org/ Twitter: @AHR_RankingsFacebook: www.facebook.com/AmericasHealthRankingsWebsite: www.americashealthrankings.org Click here to subscribe to Mobile Alerts for UnitedHealth Group.