(Released March 22, 2006) More than 5.6 million New Yorkers, one-out-of three people under the age of 65, did not have health coverage for all or part of 2002-2003, according to a June 2004 report released by Families USA. Most of these New Yorkers, 65%, went without health insurance for six months or longer. According to a report from the National Institutes of Health, 18,000 Americans die prematurely each year due to the lack of health insurance.

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