Diabetics need more stable health insurance coverage to ensure they get the care needed to protect their health, a Kaiser Permanente study finds.

The study included 3,384 diabetes patients receiving medical care from 2005-2007 at 50 federally qualified health centers in Oregon. These health centers provide free or reduced-cost care to low-income patients regardless of their insurance status.

More than half the patients in the study (52 percent) had continuous coverage, most often provided by Medicaid. Twenty-seven percent had no insurance, and 21 percent had interrupted coverage, during the three-year study period. Patients with private insurance were excluded from the study.

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