Fewer uninsured, but Medicaid rolls grow

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Fewer people were uninsured in 2009, according to information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

But a close look at the numbers shows that’s because more people were enrolled in government health care programs.

Colorado uninsured numbers decreased from 16.8 percent in 2007 to 15.6 percent in 2009 while government coverage increased from 21 percent in 2007 to 25 percent in 2009.

The Colorado Health Institute will update comparisons after the Census Bureau releases information from its 2009 American Community Survey Sept. 28. The ACS replaced the long form of the 2010 census and will include information on the uninsured from all states, counties and municipalities with more than 65,000 residents.