An online study estimates nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with a lack of health insurance. That figure is about two-and-a-half times higher than an estimate from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2002.

The new study, "Health Insurance and Mortality in U.S. Adults," appears in an online edition of the American Journal of Public Health, and is being publicized by Physicians for a National Health Program, (PNHP) a Chicago non-profit research and education organization of 17,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance.

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