Survey Shows 18% Of SEI Adults Without Health Coverage In 2013
By Mike Perleberg
(Undated) – Nearly two in 10 southeast Indiana adults lack health insurance, according to the latest release of data from the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey.
The report says that for adults in the region ages 18 to 64, 18.2 percent were uninsured. Most people 65 and older have coverage through Medicare.
The southeast Indiana percentage was below the tri-state uninsured rate of 19 percent and the national rate of 21 percent.
“Having health insurance is a main factor in whether someone seeks appropriate health care in a timely manner,” says Jennifer Chubinski, director of community research for Interact for Health. “We know those without insurance are less likely to get care when they need it.”
The report did note that the surveys were taken in the Fall of 2013, before the federal Affordable Care Act individual mandate went into effect. Chubinski said Interact for Health expects that coverage numbers have increased due to the healthcare law.
The report also found that tri-state residents ages 18 to 29 were the most likely to not have health coverage. Percentages got worse when considered other subgroups such as people with less than a high school degree, at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty level, and those with poor or fair health.
Six percent of tri-state adults with insurance reported being without health insurance at some time in the previous 12 months.
The survey included responses from 206 southeast Indiana residents of Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties.