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Tennessee suffered third-largest increase of uninsured people in the nation, Census reports

Tennessee saw one of the largest increases in the rate of uninsured residents in the nation, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report. There are now more than 675,000 uninsured Tennesseans, about 1 in 10 residents, including many children who lost their TennCare coverage due to red tape.


About 46,000 more Tennesseans were without health insurance last year, one of the largest increases in the rate of uninsured residents in the nation, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.

Tennessee’s uninsured rate rose 0.6 percent in 2018, the Census report states. Although the percentage may seem small, it tied with Alabama and Arizona for the third-largest rate increase nationwide. Only Idaho and South Dakota had larger increases.

The Census Bureau now estimates than more than 675,000 Tennesseans — or about one in 10 state residents — have no insurance coverage.

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2019-11-13T14:20:20-05:00