PI Original Mose Buchele Wednesday April 9th, 2008, 10:53am

"Dying For Coverage"

Every week in Illinois, 18 people needlessly die because they lack health insurance. That is the key finding in a new report by the nonprofit group Families USA. In 2006, the report (PDF) estimates that 960 Illinoisans died for lack of insurance:

In 2006, there were ...

Every week in Illinois, 18 people needlessly die because they lack health insurance. That is the key finding in a new report by the nonprofit group Families USA. In 2006, the report (PDF) estimates that 960 Illinoisans died for lack of insurance:

In 2006, there were more than 6,648,000 people between the ages of 25 and 64 living in Illinois. Of those, 17.2 percent were uninsured.2 Uninsured Illinoisans are sicker and die sooner than their insured counterparts. [...]

Families USA estimates that more than 18 working-age Illinoisans die each week due to lack of health insurance (approximately 960 people in 2006).

Between 2000 and 2006, the estimated number of adults between the ages of 25 and 64 in Illinois who died because they did not have health insurance was more than 6,100.

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