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Lowest rate of uninsured

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota continues to have one of the lowest rates of people without health insurance in the United States, with about 444,000 going without.

That's from estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

It says about 8.7 percent of Minnesota's 5.12 million people didn't have health insurance in 2008. That's up from 2007 when the rate was 8.3 percent.

While Massachusetts has the lowest rate of uninsured at about 5.5 percent, Hawaii and Minnesota are not far behind. Wisconsin is at 9.6 percent.

Nationally, the Census Bureau says 46.3 million people lacked health insurance in 2008, or just over 15 percent of the population.

The states with the highest rates of uninsurance were Texas and New Mexico, where about a quarter of residents don't have health insurance.

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