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How Different Uninsured Estimates Stack Up Against Each Other - 2009

September 22, 2009

Within the course of one month, the U.S. CensusBureau released uninsured estimates from two different federal surveys of U.S. households. On September 10, 2009, the Census Bureau releasedits annual estimates from the Current Population Survey (CPS) of the number and percentage ofAmericans who lacked health insurance coverage in calendar year 2008. On September 22, 2009, the Bureau posted the first-ever uninsured estimates derived from the American Community Survey(ACS), reflecting the number and percent of individualswho reported being uninsured at the timeof the 2008 survey. The publication of data from both federal surveys follows the release of uninsureddata from Colorado’s own 2008-09 ColoradoHousehold Survey. How do the uninsured estimates from the three sources compare?

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