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Study: 20% in Pennsylvania cannot afford health coverage

Philadelphia Inquirer, May 24, 2010

More than a fifth of Pennsylvanians under the age of 65 have a diagnosed, preexisting medical condition that might make it difficult or impossible to buy individual health insurance on the private market, the consumer group Families USA announced. It said 2.3 million people under 65 have preexisting conditions such as cancer, lung disease, or diabetes. The group estimated that 44.7% of Pennsylvanians age 55 to 64 have preexisting conditions.