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Fewer Missourians uninsured compared to national average

October 14, 2003
By: Megan Clarke
State Capital Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau reports more Missourians, especially young men, are without health insurance. Megan Clarke has the story.

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According to the Census, a little more than 11 percent of Missourians are uninsured. That's up 1 percent from 2001. Randy McConnell from the Department of Insurance says that young males are the major group that's lagging behind.

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THEY ARE BULLETPROOF. THEY DON'T FEEL THE NEED FOR HEALTH INSURANCE IN THE SAME WAY THAT YOUNG FEMALES IN THAT GROUP DO.

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McConnell says that young men are not as suspectible to chronic diseases than older men and therefore do not see insurance as a necessity.

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HEALTH INSURANCE THEY TEND TO SEE AS A NON-ESSENTIAL EXPENDITURE.

In Missouri, 22 percent of 18 to 35-year-old men and women are uninsured.

Date:10/14/2003

By: Megan Clarke

State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Department of Insurance reports the state's industrial base is keeping the number of uninsured Missourians below the national average. Megan Clarke explains.

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The U.S. Census reports a little more than 11 percent of Missourians are without health insurance compared to the national average of 15 percent of Americans with no health insurance. Randy McConnell from the Missouri Department of Insurance says Missouri's industrial economy is helping keep employees insured.

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WE COMPARED TO MANY STATES HAVE AN ECONOMY THAT'S HEAVILY SKEWED TOWARDS MANUFACTURING WHICH HAS ALWAYS TENDED TO BE THE FOCUS OF HEALTH INSURANCE.

McConnell says that manufacturing jobs are more likely to provide health insurance than retail or service jobs.