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Counting Colorado's Uninsured: The Latest Estimates

The U.S. Census Bureau in September 2012, released the annual estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Current Population Survey (CPS) of the number and percentage of Americans who lacked health insurance coverage in calendar year 2011.
Date last upated: September 21, 2012

The U.S. Census Bureau released the annual estimates in September 2012 from the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Current Population Survey (CPS) of the number and percentage of Americans who lacked health insurance coverage in calendar year 2011. Below are fact sheets from CHI highlighting major findings from these two sources.


American Community Survey

ACS Counting Uninsured

United States

• Nationally, an estimated 46.4 million Americans, or 15.1 percent of the population, were uninsured in 2011. That’s down significantly from 47.2 million, or 15.5 percent, in 2010.

Colorado

• According to the ACS, an estimated 760,000 Coloradans, or 15.1 percent, were uninsured in 2011. That compares with 789,000, or 15.9 percent, in 2010. Colorado was one of twenty states that recorded a statistically significant decline in the uninsured rate between 2010 and 2011.b

The U.S. Census Bureau on September 20, 2012, 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 2011.

Nationally, an estimated 46.4 million Americans, or 15.1 percent of the population, were uninsured in 2011. That’s down significantly from 47.2 million, or 15.5 percent, in 2010.

According to the ACS, an estimated 760,000 Coloradans, or 15.1 percent, were uninsured in 2011. That compares with 789,000, or 15.9 percent, in 2010. Colorado was one of twenty states that recorded a statistically significant decline in the uninsured rate between 2010 and 2011.

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


Current Population Survey

CPS PDF

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.