People Without Health Insurance
What does this measure?
The percentage of people under 65 who are not covered by some form of health insurance, including public sources of health insurance like Medicaid and Medicare.
Why is this important?
Health insurance is critical to families' and individuals' access to care, financial security, and peace of mind. Those without insurance may delay needed care and forgo preventive care altogether, which can lead to medical problems that are more serious and expensive to treat. Insurance allows the often-high cost of health services to be spread over many years, and financial ruin can result if an uninsured family must cope with a major illness or injury.
How is our region doing?
In 2014, 21% of individuals under 65 in the Gulf Coast region were uninsured, similar to the statewide rate of 20% and substantially above the national rate of 14%. Regional, statewide, and national rates fairly remained stable from 2008 through 2013 until they each dropped by at least 3 percentage points in 2014. At 31%, DeSoto County had the highest rate of uninsured residents in the region, higher than both Charlotte and Manatee (each at 21%), and Sarasota (20%).
Notes about the data
Figures are for individuals under 65. Data from before 2008 is not comparable due to a change in the national survey used to collect the information. Data for this indicator are released annually in March, with a 2-year lag.