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Thousands More North Dakotans Are Without Health Insurance

August 30, 2007

Fargo, ND – New numbers from the latest U.S. Census Bureau survey show a large increase in the number of Americans and North Dakotans going without health insurance. To help change that trend, AARP has launched a new campaign called “Divided We Fail.” Janis Cheney, with AARP North Dakota, says the 2008 election provides a perfect time for citizens to tell all elected officials to stop the partisan bickering and get moving on health care.

"There is no reason that affordable quality health care should not be available to all Americans."

Cheney says the number of people without health insurance in the state has taken a dramatic jump.

"There are 75,000 people in the state of North Dakota who do not have health insurance, and that is more people than the population of Bismarck."

Cheney says many people in North Dakota simply can’t afford private insurance, and the number of employers offering coverage for workers is declining.

To learn more, go to The Census Bureau statistics are available online at

Dick Layman/John Robinson, Public News Service - ND