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

8. Oklahoma

Excess deaths from a lack of insurance (per 100,000): 12.02
Pct. of population uninsured: 18.9% (7th highest)
Pct. living below the poverty line:16.9% (14th highest)
Life expectancy at birth: 75.6 years (5th lowest)

It can hardly be said that Oklahomans are healthy. Among all states, Oklahoma has the third-highest percentage of adults who smoke, the sixth-highest rate of heart disease death, the seventh-highest obesity rate and a lower proportion of adults who consume fruit twice a day than any other state. Making matters worse, Oklahoma spends just over $6,500 per capita on health care — one of the lowest amounts in the United States. Relatively few residents have employer-based health coverage, and many residents cannot otherwise afford private insurance because the median household income in the state is just $42,072 — one of the lowest figures in the country.

(AP Photo)

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