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13 states with the worst patient insurance rates


The worst state is more than double the national average for health insurance coverage.

The U.S. Census Bureau this month published its report “Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2021.”

The report stated last year, 91.7% of the U.S. population had some form of health insurance, so the national uninsured rate was 8.3%, which equates to about 27.2 million people. Nationally, the uninsured rate decreased by 0.4 percentage points from 2020, according to the Census Bureau.

With that report, the graph “Percentage of Population Without Health Insurance Coverage by State: 2019 and 2021,” showed 20 states were greater than the national average rate, meaning a larger percentage of the population was uninsured. There were 13 states in double digit percentages and the state at the bottom of the list had an uninsured rate more than double the national average, according to the Census Bureau figures.

Here is a slideshow with U.S. Census Bureau findings about what states had the worst health insurance coverage rates in 2021. The percentages are uninsured rates for 2021, with figures to show the uninsured rates from 2019.

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