Rhode Island Sees Largest Spike in Uninsured Residents in the Country
Friday, March 02, 2012
The percentage of residents living without health insurance in Rhode Island has grown more than any other state in the country since 2008, according to http://www.gallup.com/poll/153053/Texas-Widens-Gap-States-Percentage-Uninsured.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=All%20Gallup%20Headlines%20-%20Wellbeing">Gallup study released this morning.
In 2011, 13.5 percent of Rhode Islanders were uninsured, a 4.3 percent increase over four years.
Florida, California, New Jersey and New York round out the top five states that have seen spikes in residents with no health insurance.
Still, Rhode Island joins the rest of the northeast has being on the lower end when it comes to uninsured residents. Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Maine are all among the states with the lowest rates of uninsured residents. The Bay State tops the list at just 4.9 percent.
On the other end, Texas' 27.7 percent rate is by far the highest in the nation.