Health Insurance in the USA (Part 3)

It’s been a long time since my last post. I was traveling the American Southeast, mostly as part of a Road Scholar Trip: “Heart of the Civil Rights Movement.” An amazing trip.

This post looks at the share of Americans who have no health insurance, in 2015, by US Congressional Districts. The lowest (best) congressional districts are in the State of Massachusetts. Eight Massachusetts districts rank in the top eight, ranging from a low of 1.9 percent uninsured (Massachusetts District #8, Lynch, D-Boston) to 3.2 percent uninsured (Massachusetts District #9, Keating, D-Bourne).

File:Massachusetts congressional districts large.pdf

In ninth place is the Minnesota 6th Congressional District (Emmer, R-Delano). And in tenth place is the Illinois 18th Congressional District (LaHood, R-Dunlap).

This is all based on data from the 2015 American Community Survey, Table GCT-2701.

Here is a ranking of the top twenty US Congressional Districts, ranked by lowest share of persons without health insurance.

  1. Massachusetts 8th (Lynch, D-Boston): 1.9 percent uninsured
  2. Massachusetts 4th (Kennedy, D-Brookline): 2.1 percent
  3. Massachusetts 2nd (McGovern, D-Worcester): 2.2 percent
  4. Massachusetts 6th (Moulton, D-Salem): 2.3 percent
  5. Massachusetts 5th (Clark, D-Melrose): 2.8 percent
  6. Massachusetts 1st (Neal, D-Springfield): 3.1 percent
  7. Massachusetts 3rd (Tsongas, D-Lowell): 3.1 percent
  8. Massachusetts 9th (Keating, D-Bourne): 3.2 percent
  9. Minnesota 6th (Emmer, R-Delano): 3.2 percent
  10. Illinois 18th (LaHood, R-Dunlap): 3.4 percent
  11. California 17th (Khanna, D-Fremont): 3.5 percent
  12. Pennsylvania 18th (Murphy, R-Brentwood): 3.5 percent
  13. California 15th (Swalwell, D-Dublin): 3.6 percent
  14. Connecticut 2nd (Courtney, D-Vernon): 3.6 percent
  15. Hawaii 1st (Hanabusa, D-Honolulu): 3.6 percent
  16. Minnesota 3rd (Paulsen, R-Eden Prairie): 3.7 percent
  17. District of Columbia At-Large (Norton, D-DC): 3.8 percent
  18. New York 26th (Higgins, D-Buffalo): 3.8 percent
  19. Pennsylvania 12th (Rothfus, R-Oakmont): 3.8 percent
  20. Vermont At-Large (Welch, D-Burlington): 3.8 percent

By the way, the other Massachusetts Congressional District (the Mass. 7th, Capuano, D-Somerville) is at 4.6 percent uninsured, which ranks 40th in the US.

At the other extreme is Texas. The bottom nine US Congressional Districts, in terms of share of population without health insurance, are all in Texas. The 10th worse District is the Florida 24th.

  1. Texas 33rd (Veasey, D-Fort Worth): 31.4 percent uninsured
  2. Texas 29th (G. Green, D-Houston): 30.4 percent
  3. Texas 15th (Gonzalez, D-McAllen): 27.3 percent
  4. Texas 34th (Vela, Jr, D-Brownsville): 24.9 percent
  5. Texas 28th (Cuellar, D-Laredo): 24.5 percent
  6. Texas 9th (A. Green, D-Houston): 23.0 percent
  7. Texas 18th (Jackson, D-Houston): 21.9 percent
  8. Texas 35th (Doggett, D-Austin): 21.0 percent
  9. Texas 30th (Johnson, D-Dallas): 20.8 percent
  10. Florida 24th (Wilson, D-Miami Gardens): 20.5 percent

The reasons for this divergence in uninsured share is partially policy-based (e.g., Medicaid expansion or lack thereof); and partially demographic based (income, race/ethnicity, age). I’ll leave it to the health insurance mavens to provide more insight on this important and timely issue!

 

 

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