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Uninsured adults are at least 25 percent more likely to die prematurely than adults who have private insurance. See state-level breakdowns of the 26,100 people between the ages of 25 and 64 who died prematurely due to a lack of health insurance in 2010.
Also, learn why health insurance is so important. For example, the uninsured:
- are less likely to have a usual source of care outside of the emergency room
- often go without screenings and preventive care
- often delay or go without needed medical care
- pay more for medical care
The Affordable Care Act will help reduce the number of uninsured Americans.