02 January 2007

Louisianans' health

The Gannett-owned Daily Advertiser out of Lafayette, La., in an opinion piece today quotes the Families USA research that tracked the cost of health insurance. The editorial notes that Louisianans are already reeling from their homeowners policy increases — with some rising 50 percent.
The Families USA study showed that health insurance went up 85.4 percent in Louisiana between 2000 and 2006. Median earnings in Louisiana rose 19.1 percent during that time. That’s in a state that from 1990 to 2005 was pegged as the least healthy state in America by the United Health Foundation. Last year they rose to #49. All the same, a 2004 poll by the National Association of Community Health Centers found Louisianans to be the Americans with the least access to medical care. And then came Katrina.

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