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Report: Many Kansans without health insurance are above federal poverty level
The Kansas City Star
More than two-thirds of Kansas families without health insurance are significantly above the federal poverty level, according to a new report by the Kansas Health Institute that analyzes 2010-2011 data. And minority populations, especially Hispanics, are much more likely to not have health insurance coverage. The rate of uninsured Hispanic people, for example, is more than two and a half times that of non-Hispanic whites.
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