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

3. Arkansas

Excess deaths from a lack of insurance (per 100,000): 13.49
Pct. of population uninsured: 17.5% (tied for 12th highest)
Pct. living below the poverty line: 18.8% (5th highest)
Life expectancy at birth: 76.09 years (6th lowest)

According to the Council for Community and Economic Research’s ACCRA Cost of Living Index, Arkansas had the second-lowest cost of health care in the United States. However, with 18.8% of the population living below the poverty line and a median annual household income of just $38,307 — both among the lowest figures for any state — many Arkansans cannot afford private health coverage. As a result, just 58.78% of the population has private insurance, the sixth-lowest figure in the country.

(AP Photo)

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