New U.S. Census figures show that more than one in seven residents in Wyoming do not have health insurance.
The federal government released new figures on Tuesday that show the estimated number of uninsured people in Wyoming stands at 89,000. That's down from last year by 11,000 people.
Anne Alexander is an economist at the University of Wyoming. She says having a large number of uninsured residents drives up health care costs in the state because they tend to wait until medical conditions are serious before seeking emergency help.
The new figures come three months before the federal Affordable Care Act will require most Americans to have health insurance.