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Atlantic County Public Health Profile Report

Health Insurance Coverage: Percent uninsured, 2015

  • Atlantic
    10.9%
    95% Confidence Interval (10.0% - 11.8%)
    State
    10.0%
    U.S.
    10.9%
  • Atlantic Compared to State

    gauge ranking
    Description of Gauge

    Description of the Gauge

    This graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
    • Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
    • Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.

    The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."
    NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.

Why Is This Important?

Lack of health insurance is strongly associated with lack of access to health care services, particularly preventive and primary care. The uninsured are significantly more likely to be in fair or poor health, to have unmet medical needs or surgical care, not to have had a physician or other health professional visit, and to lack satisfaction in quality of care received.

How Are We Doing?

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act beginning in 2014, a distinct decrease was seen in the proportion of uninsured persons in 2014 and again in 2015. The targets for persons under 19 years of age and Whites under 65 years of age were met in 2014, so new, more challenging targets have been set.

What Is Being Done?

NJ FamilyCare is a federal- and state-funded health insurance program created to help qualified New Jersey residents of any age access to affordable health insurance. NJ FamilyCare is for people who do not have employer insurance. Beginning January 2014, NJ FamilyCare - New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance program - includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations. That means qualified NJ residents of any age may be eligible for free or low cost health insurance that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services and even hospitalization.

Healthy People Objective AHS-1.1:

Increase the proportion of persons with health insurance: Medical insurance
U.S. Target: 100 percent

Related Indicators

Health Care System Factors:


Note

The margins of error used in SAHIE are 90% confidence levels.

Data Sources

US Census Bureau, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE), [https://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie/index.html]  

Measure Description for Health Insurance Coverage

Definition: Percentage of New Jersey residents without health insurance coverage
Numerator: Number of persons surveyed who did not have health insurance coverage at the time of the interview
Denominator: Total number of persons in the survey sample

Indicator Profile Report

Uninsured Persons (exits this report)

Date Content Last Updated

04/10/2017
The information provided above is from the Department of Health's NJSHAD web site (https://nj.gov/health/shad). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Sat, 16 December 2017 17:42:13 from Department of Health, New Jersey State Health Assessment Data Web site: https://nj.gov/health/shad ".

Content updated: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:52:40 EST