Mapping Health Care Coverage

by Lesley Politi on May 12, 2009

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Above is the Map that is discussed in the article below. Very scary to see how many people go with out Health Insurance day to day.
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Jim Gimpel The percentage of each county’s population (under age 65, since the elderly are covered by Medicare) without health care coverage.

 

The map shows the percentage of each county’s population (under age 65, since the elderly are covered by Medicare) that has no health insurance coverage. Data were taken from a 2005 U.S. Census Bureau survey, and the map was created by James G. Gimpel, a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, for a blog called The Monkey Cage.

Darker areas on the map represent larger proportions of uninsured residents.

At the state level (remember, the map above shows counties, some of which may have very few residents), the least-insured populations are, in order: Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Oklahoma, Nevada, Arizona, Louisiana, California, Arkansas and Mississippi. Professor Gimpel attributes the high percentage of uninsured people in many of these areas largely to immigration (legal and illegal), as immigrants are 2.5 times as likely as the native-born to be uninsured.

A few observations/questions: 1) State health insurance policies seem to be pretty powerful, as there are stark contrasts at a few state borders. 2) These data are from 2005, before Massachusetts began requiring all residents to purchase health insurance. But even then, the state had very high rates of coverage. 3) Why is Hawaii so well insured? 4) Again, these data are from 2005. How would the (then-)well-covered Great Lakes region look today, given how high unemployment is in these states, and how many people rely on their jobs for health insurance? Do all those people have COBRA coverage?

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Just another example on how changes need to be made to Health Insurnace for this country. There are many different programs for people that are not able to afford Health Insurance Coverage. Feel free to call me anytime to discuss.

Source: economix.blogs.nytimes.com

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