Regional
11:57 am
Thu September 17, 2009

More Uninsured

New Mexico – The number of uninsured non-elderly adults in New Mexico has increased nearly four percentage points to 31 percent from 2001 to 2008.

That's according to an analysis of U.S. Census numbers released Wednesday by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

The Census figures only include people who have been uninsured for a year, leaving out those who had shorter gaps in their health coverage.

The total number of uninsured New Mexicans has risen from 363,000 in 2001 to 468,000 last year.

The analysis shows that percentage of people with employer-based health coverage decreased from 57 percent in 2001 to 53 percent in 2008.

The Census data show that 49,000 people from high-income households are now uninsured.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.