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

4. South Carolina

Excess deaths from a lack of insurance (per 100,000): 13.48
Pct. of population uninsured: 17.5% (tied for 12th highest)
Pct. living below the poverty line: 18.2% (7th highest)
Life expectancy at birth: 76.57 years (9th lowest)

South Carolina is not a particularly healthy state: 67.4% of the state’s residents are either overweight or obese, just 23.3% eat proper amounts of fruit, only 22.9% eat proper amounts of vegetables and 10.7% are diabetic. All of these are among the highest rates in the country. Meanwhile, much of the cost of health care falls to private individuals. The state spends about $6,300 per person on health care in 2009, among the lowest levels, and just 51.9% of residents have employer-based health coverage. Unfortunately, South Carolinians have trouble affording insurance on their own: median income was just $42,000 in 2010, significantly lower than the $50,000 national average, 18.2% of residents live below the poverty line and the cost of health care is higher than many states.

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