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New Report Tallies Death Rates Among People Who Lack Health Insurance

The report, released by Families USA, concluded that each year more than 26,000 working-age U.S. adults die prematurely because they lack health insurance.  

Reuters: Over 26,000 Annual Deaths For Uninsured: Report
More than 26,000 working-age adults die prematurely in the United States each year because they lack health insurance, according to a study published ahead of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on President Barack Obama's health care reform law. The study, released on Wednesday by the consumer advocacy group Families USA, estimates that a record high of 26,100 people aged 25 to 64 died for lack of health coverage in 2010, up from 20,350 in 2005 and 18,000 in 2000 (Morgan, 6/20).

The Hill: Group: Uninsured Americans Will Die Without Health Care Law
In a report, Families USA found that more than 130,000 Americans died between 2005 and 2010 because of their lack of health insurance. The group calculated that in 2010, the number of deaths due to a lack of coverage averaged three per hour and that the issue plagued every state. More than 3,000 people in California died in 2010 for lack of insurance, the report found (Viebeck, 6/20).

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