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Premature Death Tied to Lack of Health Care Insurance
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A newly released health care study reveals three working age adults in Connecticut die each week due to lack of health care insurance.

A report by Families USA calculates the human cost of being uninsured. Ron Pollack, the executive director of the affordable health insurance advocacy group, spoke to WNPR’s “Where We Live.” He says more than 1,100 Connecticut adults died over a seven-year period because they lacked insurance.

“These are people who were uninsured, who had medicines prescribed for them. But because they were uninsured, the medicines were too expensive. They couldn’t purchase them, and their situation deteriorated. Or somebody felt the onset of a pain or an illness. They didn't get diagnostic tests. Ultimately the disease spread."

The study builds on previous nationwide research on the subject and is the first break down statistics from state-to-state.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro says there needs to be a dramatic shift in how health care is financed.

"Uninsured adults are 25 percent more likely to die prematurely than those who have private coverage. This is a wake up call for anyone who thinks that the hard work of health care reform is a simple matter of letting market forces work things out."

She hopes more political momentum will back Congressional health care proposals that expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program and medicare coverage.