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Ask Susette Schwartz whether she’s surprised by a new report that shows thousands more Kansans going without health insurance, and she sighs.

“Well, no,” said Schwartz, CEO of Hunter Health Clinic in Wichita, a safety net clinic that serves uninsured and underinsured people as well as those with insurance.“It’s just horrendous,” she said. “Our number of patients has gone up, and keeps going up, and we just can’t keep doing this.”The U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday released estimates of health insurance coverage for every state and each of the nation’s nearly 3,200 counties.The report showed that more than 380,000 Kansas residents under age 65 – about 15.8 percent of that age group – did not have health insurance in 2010, up from 14.6 percent the previous year.For Wichita, the report was even more grim. More than 17 percent of Sedgwick County residents under 65 – nearly 75,000 – did not have health insurance in 2010, the latest year data is available. That’s 10,000 more uninsured people than the……….. continues on Kansas City Star.

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