Group: 748K Kansans Uninsured Part of 2007-08

By: AP
By: AP
An advocacy group

A study of insured and uninsured Americans showed that those without health insurance get sicker as they age until they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare, Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. But they're not likely to become as healthy as someone who had health insurance all along. (AP / CBS)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ An advocacy group's latest report suggests there's a growing percentage of Kansans who go without health insurance for at least short periods of time.

Washington-based Families USA, a liberal group pushing health care reform, said Tuesday that 748,000 Kansans went without health insurance at some point during 2007 and 2008. That's 31.4 percent of all Kansas under 65.

The group said about 534,000 Kansans were without health insurance for six months or more.

Those statistics are worse than they were for 2002 and 2003.

Then, 624,000 Kansans had gone without health insurance for someperiod during those two years. And about 380,000 of them went without insurance for six months or more.

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