A higher percentage of Coloradans, especially children, had health insurance last year compared to state residents in 2008, as the Great Recession began to take hold.
Insurance coverage rose from 83.3 percent of residents in 2008 to 85.3 percent in 2012, according to the latest American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The rising number was attributed to more residents signing up for public insurance systems such as Medicaid or Medicare. That percent rose from 20.4 percent of state residents in 2008 to 26.3 percent in 2012.
However, the percent of Coloradans enrolled in private health coverage dropped from 72.5 percent in 2008 to 68.7 percent in 2012, according to the new numbers.
The percent of children under 18 with no health insurance fell from 13.8 percent to 8.8 percent during the period, which may reflect in part the state’s efforts to get eligible children enrolled in health care, largely centered on Medicaid.
Starting in next month, Coloradans can shop for health insurance through Colorado’s new health exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, under the auspices of the federal affordable care act.