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

1. Mississippi

Excess deaths from a lack of insurance (per 100,000): 15.82
Pct. of population uninsured: 18.2% (9th highest)
Pct. living below the poverty line: 22.4% (tied for the highest)
Life expectancy at birth: 74.81 years (The lowest)

Many residents of Mississippi cannot afford insurance: the state has lowest median income in the nation and the highest percentage of residents living below the poverty line. As a result, Mississippi has the second-lowest percentage of residents with private health insurance coverage, at 56.49%. Exacerbating the problem, residents are especially unhealthy. Among all states, Mississippi has the second-highest obesity rate, the second-highest percentage of adults with diabetes and the fifth-highest percentage of adult smokers in the nation. Likely the result of both high uninsurance rates and poor personal health, Mississippi is the only state where life expectancy was below 75 years at birth in 2010. Mississippi’s excess death rate was the highest among all states and twice that of 28 states in 2010.

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