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June 17, 2010

A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 13.8 percent of New Jerseyans under the age of 65 had no health insurance for at least part of 2009. Of those that were insured, 72.4 percent had private insurance, while 14.9 percent were covered by a public health plan such as Medicaid or the military. This is actually good news, since New Jersey scored among the highest states in terms of citizens covered by health insurance. Nationally, 17.5 percent of persons under the age of 65 lacked health insurance. The highest percentage of coverage in surveyed states was found in Massachusetts, at 3.7 percent. (Massachusetts has state-sponsored insurance.) Texas (24.6 percent), Florida (19.3 percent), Georgia (19.7 percent) and California (18.2 percent) had the highest number of uninsured, with at least one out of five residents under the age of 65 uncovered.

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