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How Do the U.S. Census Bureau's New Uninsured Numbers Stack up Against Other Estimates?
OnSeptember 10, 2009, the Census Bureau released its annual estimates from the Current PopulationSurvey (CPS) of the number and percentage ofAmericans who lacked health insurance coveragein calendar year 2008. On September 22, 2009,the Bureau posted the first-ever uninsured estimates derived from the American CommunitySurvey (ACS), reflecting the number and percent of individuals who reported being uninsured atthe time of the 2008 survey. The publication of data from both federal surveys follows the release of uninsured data from Colorado’s own 2008-09Colorado Household Survey. How do the uninsured estimates from the three sources compare?