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Colorado Adults Health Insurance Status: 2011 Update

July 1, 2011

Lacking insurance coverage can have adverse consequences for all members of a family—adults and children alike. Compared to insured adults, uninsured adults are nearly five times more likely to report not having a usual place where they seek care and are approximately three times more likely to report not seeing a doctor in the past year. In addition, children ages 0-18 whose parents have health insurance are more likely to be insured and have access to health care.

In Colorado, low-income adults without dependent children (AwDCs) have higher uninsured rates than other groups. The Colorado Health Care Affordability Act (CHCAA, or HB09-1293) expands Medicaid eligibility to the AwDC population at or below 100% of the federal poverty level. Using data from the 2009 American Community Survey, CHI estimated the number of uninsured AwDCs between the ages of 19-64 who will become eligible for Medicaid under the CHCAA and federal health reform.

In addition, CHI looked at the demographic, employment, and geographic characteristics of uninsured adults in Colorado. These estimates are based on CHI’s analysis of the 2009 American Community Survey.

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