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Counting Colorado's Uninsured: A Guide to Three Recent Estimates

How many Coloradans are uninsured? CHI's fact sheet discusses three recent estimates (the Current Population Survey, the American Community Survey, and the Colorado Health Access Survey) and explains why they differ.

Guide to Recent EstimatesHow many Coloaradans are uninsured? CHI's fact sheet discusses three recent estimates (the 2013 Current Population Survey, the 2013 American Community Survey, and the 2013 Colorado Health Access Survey) and explains why each survey produces different estimates. In addition, the fact sheet discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each survey.

 

 

 

 


Current Population Survey

Current Population Survey fact sheetThe U.S. Census Bureau on September 16, 2014 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 2013.

Nationally, an estimated 42.0 million Americans, or 13.4 percent of the population, were uninsured for the entire 2013 calendar year.

According to the CPS, an estimated 667,000 Coloradans, or 12.6 percent, were uninsured in 2013. 

CHI's fact sheet summarizes the highlights from the release. 


American Community Survey

ACS fact sheetThe U.S. Census Bureau on September 18, 2014, released the annual estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS) of the number and percentage of Americans who lacked health insurance coverage in calendar year 2013.

Nationally, an estimated 45.2 million Americans, or 14.5 percent of the population, were uninsured in 2013. That’s down significantly from 45.6 million, or 14.8 percent, in 2012.

According to the ACS, an estimated 729,000 Coloradans, or 14.1 percent, were uninsured in 2013. That compares with 751,000, or 14.7 percent, in 2012. 

CHI's fact sheet summarizes the highlights from the release and analyzes health insurance coverage trends for communities in Colorado.