Excess deaths from a lack of insurance (per 100,000)
: 12.06 Pct. of population uninsured
: 21.3% (3rd highest) Pct. living below the poverty line
: 16.5% (16th highest) Life expectancy at birth
: 79.7 years (12th highest)
The sheer number of excess deaths from a lack of insurance in Florida is staggering: 12,336 from 2005 through 2010. The driving factor for this imposing total is that 21.3% of the population is uninsured — the third-highest rate among all states. Floridians may have difficulty affording health insurance — median income was just $44,400 in 2010. Meanwhile, only 45.7% of residents have employer-based health insurance, while just 15.6% of residents received Medicaid benefits. Both of these rates are among the lowest in the country.
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