Report: 497,000 In WV Uninsured In 2007-2008

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- A new Families USA report shows about 497,000 West Virginians, or nearly one in three non-elderly residents, were uninsured for some period of time in 2007-2008.

The group said Tuesday that nearly 362,000 of those residents, or 72.8 percent, were uninsured for six months or more during that two-year period.

Families USA based its numbers on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The group advocates for affordable health care for Americans.

State data mirrors a national trend.

Nearly 87 million Americans -- one out of three people under 65 -- were uninsured for some period of time in 2007-2008.

Executive Director Ron Pollack said the report illustrates the importance of adopting meaningful health care reform.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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