A stunning 53 percent of adults ages 18-64 in Hialeah lack health insurance -- almost three times the national average. Meanwhile, only 13.8 percent of that age group in Weston are uninsured -- the lowest rate in South Florida.
Such exact numbers became available for the first time Tuesday as the U.S. Census Bureau published the most detailed information ever about where the uninsured are located, including all communities with a population over 70,000.
As the nation's leaders continue to argue about the merits of healthcare reform, the 2008 data, released as part of the American Community Survey, confirmed what has long been known -- that Florida in general and South Florida in particular have unusually high rates of uninsured.
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