Report: 1/3 lacked health insurance in NJ

April 7, 2009 8:43:23 AM PDT
New Jersey residents are having a hard time paying for health care insurance. A Families USA report released Tuesday says 32 percent under age 65 were uninsured at some point in 2007 and 2008. That compares with 33 percent at the national level, 31 percent in New York and 27 percent in Pennsylvania.

The report comes as federal policy-makers work on health care reform.

New Jersey is known as the nation's medicine chest because of the many pharmaceutical manufacturers that operate in the state. The prospect of health care reform is a factor in industry job cuts and consolidation.

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