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Nearly 20 Percent Of Idahoans Don’t Have Health Insurance


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A day after the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, let’s take a look at the percentage of Idahoans who are uninsured, and how Idaho’s rate compares to other states.

Weeks before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the health care law, Gallup released this report.  It shows that just over 17 percent of people in the U.S. did not have health insurance last year, up from 14.8 percent in 2008.

In Idaho, the percentage of people who lack health insurance is consistently higher.  The state’s uninsured rate stood at 19.3 percent in 2011.  That’s down from 21.4 percent in 2009, but up from 17.8 percent in 2008.

Idaho’s uninsured rate puts it among the 15 states with the highest rates of people who don’t have health insurance.


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