A new survey by the state of Vermont finds the number of residents without health insurance has dropped by nearly a third in the past seven years, mainly due to growth in government programs.
Results made public Thursday at a meeting of the Green Mountain Care Board show there were more than 61,000 Vermonters without health coverage in 2005, or 9.8 percent of the population; in 2012, the number had dropped to 42,760, or 6.8 percent.
Those with private, unsubsidized health insurance dropped from more than 369,000 residents to fewer than 346,000.
Meanwhile, Medicaid recipients were up by nearly 21,000, there were more than 10,000 more residents on Medicare. Those with military coverage grew by nearly 6,000 and a new state-backed program called Catamount Health had more than 10,000 subscribers.