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Census: Health coverage varies widely by state

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Nearly one in five Americans under age 65 lacks health insurance, according to data analyzed by the U.S. Census Bureau, but the rate of coverage varies widely depending on where people live. New census data show that 18.5% of working-age Americans do not have health insurance coverage. However, access differs from state to state.

Only 4.9% of Massachusetts residents lack health insurance, the lowest rate in the nation. Hawaii and the District of Columbia tie for second (8.2% uninsured) followed by Iowa (10%) and Connecticut (10.2%).

At the other end of the coverage spectrum, Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured—26.3%. Just ahead of the Lone Star State are Florida (24.9%), Nevada (24.5%), New Mexico (22.9%) and Alaska (22.7%).

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