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Percentage of Uninsured Residents Increasing

Percentage of Uninsured Residents Increasing

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The percentage of Utahns who were uninsured from 2005 to 2006 increased slightly from 11.6 to 11.9 percent.

Health officials say that's a smaller increase than in recent years. Over the past decade Utah's uninsured population grew at an average annual rate of six-point-nine percent. That's compared with a two-point-three percent for the state's overall rate of population growth.

The 2006 survey estimated that more than 306,000 residents lacked health insurance coverage. That's an increase of about 13,000 from the year before.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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