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

10. Nevada

Excess deaths from a lack of insurance (per 100,000): 11.83
Pct. of population uninsured: 22.6% (2nd highest)
Pct. living below the poverty line: 14.9% (tied for 23rd highest)
Life expectancy at birth: 77.59 years (14th lowest)

Nearly 23% of Nevadans lack health insurance, the second-highest proportion of all the states in the country. At the same time, the state also has comparatively few people who are eligible for either Medicare (13.44%) or Medicaid (11%). Few states spend less per capita on health care than Nevada, which spent $5 ,735 per person in 2009. The state also had the nation’s highest average unemployment rate in 2010 at 13.7%, which may help contribute to residents’ inability to obtain insurance.

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