Did you know that the share of Colorado residents with health insurance coverage is at a record high? Statewide, nearly five million people — 93.3 percent of the state’s population— have health insurance. That leaves about 353,000 residents — or approximately 6.7 percent of the state’s population—who are uninsured. After reaching a high of 15.8 percent in 2011, the uninsured rate in the state fell to its record low because of better economic times and the Affordable Care Act. Here are more health insurance coverage trends in the state from the Colorado Health Institute:
More people are seeing a physician. Last year, nearly 82 percent of residents said they had visited a health care provider, up from 78.3 percent in 2013.
Many young people continue to forgo coverage. Thirty-somethings have the highest uninsured rate in Colorado at 13.4%. Those between the ages of 19 and 29 — called “Young Invincibles” because most don’t think they will have a serious health issue —are a close second.
Most people are satisfied with their care. Nearly three-quarters of Coloradans say that the health care system works for their family, up from 69.1 percent in 2013.
More jobs are not offering health insurance coverage. The 55-to-64 age group was most affected by this trend. The number of people in this age group who had coverage through their employers dropped by a whopping 42.9 percent between 2013 and 2015.
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