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 programs such as 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 getting 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 out over many years and facilitates risk-sharing across the population. Financial ruin can be the result if an uninsured family must cope with a major illness or injury. In addition, charity care provided by hospitals to those without insurance drives up the cost of private insurance and the tax burden.
How is Orange County performing?
The rate of uninsured residents under the age of 65 in Orange County was 8% in 2014, equal to both the state (excluding NYC) and Dutchess County rates, and slightly below the rates of 9% in Ulster. The rate in Orange County declined 5 percentage-points between 2008 and 2014, similar to trends at the state and regional levels.
Notes about the data
Comparable data not available for earlier years.