The American Public Health Association has released a comprehensive publication that examines the growing national crisis of health care for the uninsured.

"Too Poor to be Sick" offers alarming facts, raises pertinent questions and suggests a range of solutions to problems faced by uninsured Americans.In 1986 more than a million Americans tried to obtain health care but could not afford it. More than 31 million Americans are without medical insurance - including such vulnerable populations as pregnant women, children and the chronically ill.

But the problem is not limited to these groups. More than half of the uninsured are employed adults, many working in small non-union companies that do not offer insurance benefits and pay wages so low that employees cannot afford to share in the cost. The problem is compounded by the high cost of medical care, which forces many private physicians and hospitals to become more competitive and reduce the amount of charity care they provide.

The book is available for $17.50 from the American Public Health Association, 1015 15th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20005. APHA members may purchase the book for $14.