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State among national leaders in number of residents with health insurance

Wisconsin had one of the nation's lowest rates of people without health insurance over the last three years.

The Census Bureau said today (Wednesday) that an average of 480,000 Badger State residents were uninsured from 2005-07. That's 8.8 percent of the total population.

Neighboring Iowa and Minnesota had similar rates which were about half the national average of 15.3 percent for 2007.

That figure was down about 0.5 percent from 2006, because more Americans were covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

The Census Bureau said 83 million people got their insurance from the government last year, up almost three million from the previous year.