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Counting Colorado's Uninsured: The Latest Estimates – 2011 Current Population Survey

September 13, 2012

The U.S. Census Bureau on September 12, 2012 released the annual estimates from the Current Population Survey (CPS) of the number and percentage of Americans who lacked health insurance coverage in calendar year 2011.

Nationally, an estimated 48.6 million Americans, or 15.7 percent of the population, were uninsured in 2011. That is down significantly from 50.0 million, or 16.3 percent, in 2010.

According to the CPS, an estimated 788,000 Coloradans, or 15.7 percent, were uninsured in 2011. That compares with 644,000, or 12.9 percent, in 2010. Colorado was one of only two states that recorded a statistically significant increase in the uninsured rate between 2010 and 2011. 

CHI's fact sheet summarizes the highlights from the release. The chart analyzes historical health insurance coverage trends, both in Colorado and nationally, from 1999-2011.

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