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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — New U.S. Census figures show that more than one in seven Wyoming residents lacks health insurance.
The federal government released new figures on Tuesday that show the estimated number of uninsured people in Wyoming stands at 89,000. That's down by 11,000 people from last year.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/15CH1zA ) that nearly 10 percent of the children in Wyoming are uninsured.
Anne Alexander is an economist at the University of Wyoming. She says having a large number of uninsured residents drives up health care costs in the state because they tend to wait until medical conditions are serious before seeking emergency help.
The new figures come three months before the federal Affordable Care Act will require most Americans to possess health insurance.
Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com