New Health Insurance Data Reinforces Need for Reform
Roughly 16.1 percent of Coloradans—an average of 790,500 people—lacked health coverage in 2007-2008, according to Census Bureau data released today. Employer-provided health insurance continued to decline in Colorado and nationwide. The percentage of Coloradans under the age of 65 with employer-provided coverage was 63.7 percent, down from 70.2 percent in 2000 and 2001. These findings, which by all accounts have only worsened in 2009 because of the recession, highlight the continued urgency to enact health care reform to control costs, expand choice, and improve both portability and affordability.
Released Sept. 10, 2009