NU Online News Service, Nov. 19, 11:28 a.m. – North Dakota has cut the proportion of state residents without health insurance to 9.6%, from 11.8% in 2001, according to North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jim Poolman, citing figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The national average is 14.6%.

Poolman attributed the increase in the proportion of North Dakota residents who have some kind of private or public health coverage to the work of the state’s employers and the support of the state legislature for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.