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

5. New Mexico

Excess deaths from a lack of insurance (per 100,000): 12.15
Pct. of population uninsured: 19.6% (6th highest)
Pct. living below the poverty line: 20.4% (tied for the highest)
Life expectancy at birth: 78.21 years (20th lowest)

New Mexico has a fairly healthy population, with relatively low heart disease and obesity rates. However, just 55.8% of residents have private health insurance — the lowest rate of any state in the country. One possible reason is that few employers provide insurance — just 45.6% of the population has employer-b ased health coverage. The relative poverty of the state also means many residents cannot afford medical coverage. The median income in the state was just above $42,000 in 2010, far below the national median of about $50,000, while 20.4% of people live below the poverty line — the highest rate in the country.

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