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Study estimates deaths due to lack of health insurance

January 9, 2008

A new study by the Urban Institute estimates 137,000 Americans died between 2000 and 2006 because they lacked health insurance. The study uses the latest Census Bureau data on insurance coverage to update findings from a 2002 Institute of Medicine report, which estimated 18,000 Americans died in 2000 because they were uninsured. The new report uses the same methodology as the IOM report, which found working-age Americans without health insurance are more likely to receive too little medical care and receive it too late, be sicker and die sooner.