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Uninsured ranks grow in region

By WILL ASTOR - 8/29/2012 3:33:18 PM

The ranks of the uninsured among residents 65 and younger who are not eligible for Medicare grew in the Rochester area from 2008 to 2010, a newly published U.S. Census Bureau estimate shows. 

The average uninsured rate for the five-county Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area—Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario and Orleans counties—was 11 percent in 2010, a 0.2 percentage point rise from the region’s 10.8 percent average rate two years earlier. 

Area uninsured rates for the under-65 age group during the two-year period by county for the most part trended up—with two exceptions: Livingston County, which showed a 1 percentage point drop, and Orleans County, which fell 0.7 percentage point. 

The insurance-coverage trends in the MSA by county for 2008 to 2010 were: 

Monroe County, a 1.5 percentage point increase from 8.5 percent in 2008 to 10 percent in 2010;

Wayne County, up 0.6 percentage point, from 10.9 percent to 11.5 percent;

Ontario County, up1.2 percentage point, from 9.4 percent to 10.6 percent; 

Livingston County, down 1 percentage point, from 11.5 percent to 10.5 percent; and 

Orleans County, down 0.7 percentage point, from 13.7 percent to 13 percent. 

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