Rate of uninsured Wisconsin residents steady from 2007 to 2008

The percentage of Wisconsin residents without health insurance stayed at 6 percent, a state survey found

Approximately 6 percent of Wisconsin residents were without health insurance in 2007 and 2008, a survey from the state Department of Health Services found.

According to the Wisconsin Family Health Survey, an additional 5 percent of people lacked insurance for at least part of 2008. Eighty-nine percent of people had some kind of health insurance coverage.

Wisconsin's state health insurance program, BadgerCare Plus, aims to grant coverage to all uninsured children and their caretakers. The program is not as ambitious as Massachusetts' - where, it is hoped, all people will have health insurance - but has seen some success in increasing enrollment, according to an October 2009 report.

By increasing eligibility and simplifying enrollment within existing state insurance plans, the report said, "Wisconsin is moving toward its goal of near-universal coverage even in the absence of comprehensive insurance market or health care industry reforms at the state or federal level."

A Gallup poll from June 2009 found that 16 percent of Americans do not have health insurance.

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Posted: January 6, 2010

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