New U.S. Census Bureau data shows that 175,621 Montanans, or 18.5% of the population, lacked health insurance coverage in 2008. That number would be significantly higher without public health care options such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance. An additional 234,834 Montanans, or 24.7% of the population, were covered by public health insurance. The number of uninsured for 2009 will likely be much worse because we are now deeper into the recession.
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