Los Alamos County lowest uninsured rate in NM

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Census Bureau reports that Los Alamos County has among the lowest uninsured rates in the nation.

The federal agency estimates that 4.7 percent of the county's population under 65 lacked health insurance in 2011. Only Norfolk County in Massachusetts had a lower uninsured rate — 3.1 percent.

The Census Bureau released a report last month on county-level insurance coverage.

McKinley County in northwestern New Mexico had the highest uninsured rate — 31.8 percent — among the state's 33 counties.

Statewide, more than a fifth of New Mexicans lacked health insurance.

In New Mexico, as with all states, the uninsured rate is higher for adults than children.

Nearly 29 percent of New Mexican ages 18 to 64 lack health insurance, but about 10 percent of children are uninsured.