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Once again, New Mexico was at the bottom of a national list.
This time we ranked worst in the country for the percentage of residents who are covered by health insurance through their employers, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute.
The Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan think tank found that 50.7 percent of New Mexico’s population less than 65 years old was covered by employer-sponsored health insurance in 2006-2007 and 59.1 percent of all workers were insured by their employers over the same period, the 22-page report released last week found.
Nationwide, nearly 63 percent of the population under 65 years old was covered by employer-sponsored health insurance and almost 71 percent of all workers were insured by their employers for the same period.
Public programs like Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program help children and low-income adults, Eric Griego, executive director at New Mexico Voices for Children, told the Associated Press, “there’s little out there for middle-income workers who can’t get or afford coverage through work.
“As the report makes clear, we need a universal program that will make coverage more affordable for all New Mexicans,” he said in a statement.
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