One-Quarter of Nevada Residents Under 65 Lack Health Insurance

Twenty-five percent of Nevada residents under 65 lacked health insurance at one point in 2009, making the state the third most uninsured per capita in the U.S, according to a Las Vegas Sun report.

The low rate of insured people in Nevada can be traced to a lean healthcare system compared with the rest of the country. For example, Nevada has limited eligibility for Medicare to the poorest state residents, while other states offer public healthcare coverage to more residents.

The statistics also signal a problem for the future. Under the federal health reform law, Nevada must provide coverage for all those uninsured residents by the beginning of 2014. The costs associated with insuring a high number of uninsured people have health officials concerned, according to the report.

A report by contractor Public Consulting Group found that 445,000 Nevada adults between 18 and 64 did not have health insurance, while around 121,000 children did not have health insurance.

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