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Large number of Americans lack health and dental insurance
Updated: 9/29/2009 5:00:26 PM

Large number of Americans lack health and dental insurance In what may be described as a sobering statistic, a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau has found that approximately 15 percent of Americans are without healthcare, which includes dental insurance.

The finding comes from the Bureau's American Community Survey and marked the first time the annual report collected information about health insurance, the Lansing State Journal reports.

Some dental care providers have taken it upon themselves to offer teeth cleanings to those who can't afford dental insurance, according to the news provider. However, this well-received service is not able to offer help to everyone who needs it.

There are many communities with the U.S. that are still lacking in dental care coverage, either because of a lost job or not having enough money to afford insurance.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Americans cited cutting dental insurance as a way to save money during the recession.

Currently, lawmakers in Congress are debating the merits of a healthcare reform bill that, if passed, could bring dental coverage to more Americans who have lived without it for some time.

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