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State representative urges colleagues to help residents access health care


August 2, 2005

In response to newly released U.S. Census data, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, Jr., D-Pittsburgh, is urging his fellow legislators – state and federal – to help Pennsylvania citizens access affordable, quality health care.
A summary recently released by the Pennsylvania State Data Center shows that 1.2 million Pennsylvanians were without health-care coverage in 2000, the seventh highest figure in the nation.
“While Pennsylvania's percentage of uninsured is lower than many states, we should still consider it unacceptable that about one in 10 of our friends and neighbors are going without health insurance,” Wheatley said.
In Pennsylvania, 200,566 of those uninsured citizens were children, the 11th largest population of uninsured children in the nation. Allegheny County has the second highest number of people in the state without health insurance.
Wheatley, who has made equal access to health care one of his priorities, urges other legislators and community and business leaders to examine this information in order to develop ways to protect the uninsured of Pennsylvania. The report is available online at
Wheatley represents the 19th Legislative District, which includes part or all of these neighborhoods: the Hill District, North Side, South Side, Allentown, Hazelwood, Knoxville, Downtown, the Strip District, the Bluff, Beltzhoover, Manchester, Arlington, Arlington Heights and West, South and North Oakland.


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