Health Insurance Coverage Estimates for All Counties

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      The U.S. Census Bureau today released 2007 estimates of health insurance coverage for each
  of the nation's roughly 3,140 counties. Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) are                          Health Care & Insurance
  currently the only source for estimates of health insurance coverage status for every county in the
  nation.

    SAHIE are based on models combining data from a variety of sources, including the Annual Social and Economic
  Supplement of the Current Population Survey, 2000 Census, the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program, the
  County Business Patterns data set, and administrative records, such as aggregated federal tax returns and Medicaid
  participation records.

     SAHIE provide information on health insurance coverage by age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, and income categories at
  the state level and by age, sex and income categories at the county level. They therefore enable local planners to
  determine, for instance, the counties in which low-income children are most likely to lack health insurance coverage. The
  data pertain to those under age 65.

    “In Colorado, like in many western states, there is such a variation in the number of uninsured from county to county
  and the needs of the individuals who live in frontier counties or in rural or urban counties,” says Joan Henneberry,
  Executive Director of Colorado Health Care Policy and Financing. “To have county-level data on health insurance by
  demographic characteristics really helps to develop the right strategy for coverage and access, and to be better able to
  monitor success.”

     SAHIE are used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in support of its National Breast and Cervical
  Cancer Early Detection Program. The program provides free cancer screenings to low-income, uninsured women. The
  health insurance estimates assist in determining the level of need for breast and cervical cancer screening in communities
  nationwide.

      In September, the Census Bureau will release health insurance coverage estimates from the 2009 American
  Community Survey (ACS). These single-year estimates will be available for counties and other geographic areas with total
  populations of 65,000 or more. The health insurance question was added to the 2008 ACS to permit the U.S. Department
  of Health and Human Services to more accurately understand state and local health insurance needs. Eventually the ACS
  will have health insurance coverage data for smaller areas from three-year and five-year estimates.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: July 28, 2010

				
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