By SUSAN HAIGH,  Associated Press

 HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show the number of uninsured residents in Connecticut continues to decline.
 The figures released on Tuesday, based in 2012 numbers, come as the state’s health insurance marketplace– Access Health CT– is set to begin open enrollment on Oct. 1.
 An estimated 284,000 of the state’s nearly 3.6 million residents were uninsured for 12 months.
 A comparison of two-year averages shows the percentage of people under age 65 without coverage dropped from 12.7 percent in 2009-2010 to 9.5 percent in 2011-12.  
 Kevin Counihan, the health exchange’s chief executive officer, said he’s always suspicious of uninsured estimates because the numbers can change. He said Access Health CT is proceeding with its same outreach efforts to encourage people to begin signing up for coverage.

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