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Texas is most uninsured state, with 32% of residents having no health cover

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 09 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4154
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    Rates of health insurance coverage among adults fell in most US states in the past two years, a report from the Commonwealth Fund on 8 October has found. Cathy Schoen, senior author of the report, said that the data were drawn from “the eve of the current recession—the worst is yet to come.”

    The rate of uninsured adults aged 18-65 “looks like an epidemic,” topping more than one in five adults, she said. Texas leads the list, with a third (32%) of adult residents without health insurance. Massachusetts is one of the few states to buck the trend, with a rate of 7%, because of a unique push for full coverage. However, that plan has run into problems of cost and the availability …

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