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24/7 Wall St.: The 10 States Dying for Health Coverage

The 10 States Dying for Health Coverage

The Supreme Court of the United States is set to rule this week on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Regardless of how the ruling turns out, the lack of medical coverage in America is a serious problem. Approximately 50 million people were uninsured all through 2010.

The lack of medical insurance has had grave consequences on individuals and the nation. In 2010 alone, 26,100 people died because they had no health insurance — that is 502 preventable deaths a week. However, some states fared better than others. Based on the latest report by Families USA, a health care consumer advocacy group, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 states with the highest number of deaths per 100,000 people due to a lack of insurance.

Not surprisingly, nearly all of the states with the most residents dying due to a lack of insurance also had high numbers of uninsured residents. Seven of the states on the list were among the 10 states with the highest percentage of people without health coverage. Seven of the states were also in the bottom 10 for the lowest rates of private insurance coverage.

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