Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- New census estimates showing an increase in the number of West Virginians without health insurance are no surprise to the people who operate the state's 10 free clinics.
Pat White, executive director of West Virginia Health Right in Charleston, says the clinic has seen the number of new patients go from about 30 a week to more than 50 a week in the past year.
New U.S. Census estimates released Thursday showed that the number of West Virginians without health insurance went from 254,000 in 2007 to 271,000 in 2008, an increase of about 6.7 percent.
White says the numbers now are likely even worse, since the census data comes from before the economic recession really took hold in the state.
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