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Beaver State Finds Drop In Uninsured Rate

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The percentage of Oregon residents lacking health coverage fell to 15.6% in 2006, from 17% in 2004.

Researchers in the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research have published those statistics in a summary of results from a survey of 4,332 Oregon households conducted in August 2006 and September 2006.

Although the percentage of residents who lack health coverage seems to have fallen, the change is not statistically significant, researchers report.

The percentage of children under age 19 lacking health coverage fell to 12.6%, from 13%, and that change also is too small to be statistically significantly, the researchers report.

The researchers note that 69% of uninsured residents have incomes above the federal poverty level, which was $19,350 in 2006 for a family of 4.

The percentage of employed Oregon residents lacking health coverage fell to 15.9% in 2006, from 18.2% 2 years earlier.