Some Maryland Residents Did Not Have Health Insurance In 2006-2007

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Between 2006 and 2007, 15.4% of Maryland's non-elderly residents -- or about 760,000 people ages 65 and younger -- did not have health insurance coverage, according to a report released on Thursday by the Maryland Health Care Commission, the Annapolis Capital reports.

According to the commission's report, the rate was similar to the 14.9% rate for the 2004-2005 period and remains below the national uninsurance average of 17.5%.

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The MHCC study, which also found that the uninsured rate had increased by more than 3% from 2000 to 2001 and 1% from 2002 to 2003, included data based on several demographics, such as age, race and marital status. According to the study, 30% of state residents ages 19 to 29 were uninsured, making it the age group with the highest uninsured rate. In comparison, 8% of residents ages 55 to 64 were uninsured, the lowest rate of uninsurance.

Married adults were most likely to be insured, with 85% having had some type of private coverage plan and 4% having been covered by Medicaid. Among single adults, single women were more likely to be insured than single men, the study found. At least 67% of single women had private coverage, compared with 60% of single men, according to the study (Woodards, Annapolis Capital, 1/15).

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