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).
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.
- Massachusetts 8th (Lynch, D-Boston): 1.9 percent uninsured
- Massachusetts 4th (Kennedy, D-Brookline): 2.1 percent
- Massachusetts 2nd (McGovern, D-Worcester): 2.2 percent
- Massachusetts 6th (Moulton, D-Salem): 2.3 percent
- Massachusetts 5th (Clark, D-Melrose): 2.8 percent
- Massachusetts 1st (Neal, D-Springfield): 3.1 percent
- Massachusetts 3rd (Tsongas, D-Lowell): 3.1 percent
- Massachusetts 9th (Keating, D-Bourne): 3.2 percent
- Minnesota 6th (Emmer, R-Delano): 3.2 percent
- Illinois 18th (LaHood, R-Dunlap): 3.4 percent
- California 17th (Khanna, D-Fremont): 3.5 percent
- Pennsylvania 18th (Murphy, R-Brentwood): 3.5 percent
- California 15th (Swalwell, D-Dublin): 3.6 percent
- Connecticut 2nd (Courtney, D-Vernon): 3.6 percent
- Hawaii 1st (Hanabusa, D-Honolulu): 3.6 percent
- Minnesota 3rd (Paulsen, R-Eden Prairie): 3.7 percent
- District of Columbia At-Large (Norton, D-DC): 3.8 percent
- New York 26th (Higgins, D-Buffalo): 3.8 percent
- Pennsylvania 12th (Rothfus, R-Oakmont): 3.8 percent
- 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.
- Texas 33rd (Veasey, D-Fort Worth): 31.4 percent uninsured
- Texas 29th (G. Green, D-Houston): 30.4 percent
- Texas 15th (Gonzalez, D-McAllen): 27.3 percent
- Texas 34th (Vela, Jr, D-Brownsville): 24.9 percent
- Texas 28th (Cuellar, D-Laredo): 24.5 percent
- Texas 9th (A. Green, D-Houston): 23.0 percent
- Texas 18th (Jackson, D-Houston): 21.9 percent
- Texas 35th (Doggett, D-Austin): 21.0 percent
- Texas 30th (Johnson, D-Dallas): 20.8 percent
- 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!