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New Census figures show 9 percent of residents lacked health insurance last year

New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that about 9 percent of Wisconsin residents did not have health insurance last year.

That's consistent with other recent surveys.

And Wisconsin has the fifth-lowest rate of uninsured residents in the country, tied with Iowa and Vermont.

The annual Census survey showed that just more than 5 percent of Wisconsin's kids were uninsured, while 12 percent of 18- to 64-year-olds lacked coverage.

State health services secretary Karen Timberlake says all but 2 percent of Wisconsinites can get health insurance from their employers, BadgerCare Plus, or Medicare.

BadgerCare Plus is designed to cover all Wisconsin children and it was expanded this year to include low-income adults without dependents.

Allison Espeseth of the Covering Kids and Families' group said more than 67,000 Wisconsin kids lack health coverage and the recession could drive that number up.