Friday, October 14, 2011

Health Insurance

Some new data out on Small Area Health Insurance Estimates from the census folks. 

They have a tool there you can use to look this up yourself, but what I get is that for children (age 18 and under) in Pennsylania, Allegheny County is tied with Montgomery for the lowest percentage without health insurance at 3.9%.  The highest: 10% in Lancaster County.  Data is for 2009.

I'm just guessing that 3.0% must be one of the lowest rates in the nation, especially for an urban core county. 

Update:  So I worked it out.  Of the 50 largest counties in the US in 2009, the lowest rate of uninsured children is in Honolulu, Hawaii at 1.4%.  I speculate the reason was a universal health care program for children that according to news accounts was ended right after this 2009 data would have captured the impact of the program.  After Honolulu, Allegheny County's 3.9% is tied for 2nd place with DuPage County, IL which is the 23rd wealthiest county in the nation.  So take out Honolulu next year and we might have the lowest rate. The highest uninsured rate for children on that list: Dallas County, Texas at 21.6%.  I think we have a visitor today btw.

3 Comments:

Anonymous BrianTH said...

Out of curiosity, did your comparison include Middlesex County? Suffolk is Boston's county, but Middlesex actually makes the top 50 by population.

Friday, October 14, 2011 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe that Chris has failed to mention that the Texas visitor we have visiting with us today gave a major policy address on . . . wait for it . . . ENERGY!
Truly, Chris is once again ahead of the curve!

Friday, October 14, 2011 5:24:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Yes, Middlesex appears to be in the list.. Suffolk does not.

Sunday, October 16, 2011 10:53:00 PM  

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