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81.8 Million in U.S. W/o Health Insurance

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WASHINGTON, Jun 16, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A report by a private health consumer group says one in three U.S. residents under 65 years of age was uninsured at some point during 2002-03.

Using Census Bureau data, Families USA found some 81.8 million people were uninsured.

The group also said most of the uninsured lacked coverage for lengthy periods of time: nearly two-thirds were uninsured for six months or more and more than half were uninsured for at least nine months.

In 14 states, more than one out of three non-elderly people had no health insurance. They were: Texas, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Louisiana, Arizona, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alaska, Florida, Arkansas, Idaho, North Carolina and New York.

The Families USA report data are drawn from the Census Bureau's most recent Survey of Income and Program Participation as well as its Current Population Survey, and it reflects how many people were uninsured at some point over the past two years. The 81.8 million uninsured number does not double count people who were uninsured in 2002 and 2003.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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