Hispanics have highest rate of uninsured in Colo.

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Colorado health officials say Hispanics and Native Americans have a ``shamefully high'' percentage of adults without health insurance in the state.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Wednesday that about 40 percent of Hispanics are without health insurance, the highest in the state. That's according to a state health department report.

The report says almost 34 percent of Native Americans are uninsured, while the rate of uninsured for the entire state is about 16.6 percent.

The report examines health issues that disproportionally affect some racial and ethnic groups. Even though Hispanics have the highest rate of uninsured, the report says African Americans still have ``the greatest magnitude of health disparities'' nationally and in Colorado.

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