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New census numbers-nearly 60 million Americans uninsured

September 16, 2010

The number of uninsured Americans  jumped to 50.7 million, or 16.7% of the population according to a new report out by the U.S. Census Bureau.  That’s up from 46.3 million, or 15.4% in 2009.

It’s the first year on record (the census has been collecting this data since 1987) that the number of people WITH  health insurance has decreased (down from 255.1 million to 253.6 million) and the lowest year on record for the percentage of people with employer sponsored health insurance (only 55.8 percent of the population.)

Rhode Island’s numbers aren’t looking that great either. The data shows 13.9% of residents under the age of 65 were uninsured in 2009, or a total of about 124,000 people. It’s the highest number of uninsured Rhode Islanders  in more than 10 years.

Rhode Island’s Kids Count is digging into the numbers today and will have some information on how our rate of uninsured kids compares to the rest of the nation.  I’ll reporting on that later in the day.

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