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2009 Census Bureau Uninsured Numbers

Within the course of one month, September 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau released uninsured estimates from two different federal surveys of U.S. households.
Date last upated: September 24, 2009

2009 CPS EstimatesOn September 10, 2009, the Census Bureau released its annual estimates from the Current Population Survey (CPS) of the number and percentage of Americans 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 individuals who reported being uninsured at the time of the 2008 survey. The publication of data from both federal surveys follows the release of uninsured data from Colorado’s own 2008-09 Colorado Household Survey. How do the uninsured estimates from the three sources compare?