New Census numbers on uninsured – no progress

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The number of uninsured CT residents remained essentially unchanged from 2009 to 2010, according to new Census numbers; however that number is up 54% from 1999. CT’s unemployment rate rose from 8.3% in 2009 to 9.1% last year. One in nine (11%) state residents remained without coverage in 2010. Six percent of children had no insurance last year and only 2.2% of seniors over age 65. The percent of CT residents with employer-sponsored coverage is down from 73.4% in 1999 to 65.2% last year, while the percent of us covered by Medicaid rose from 6.6% to 12.4% over those same years.

Ellen Andrews