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Health Indicator Report of Health Insurance Coverage

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.

Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective AHS-1a.

Data Source

US Census Bureau, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates

Data Interpretation Issues

Data are based on a "no" response to the American Community Survey (ACS) health insurance question: "Is this person CURRENTLY covered by [specifically stated] health insurance or health coverage plans?"

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

Healthy People Objective: Increase the proportion of persons with health insurance: Medical insurance

U.S. Target: 100 percent

Other Objectives

HNJ2020 Objective AHS-1a: Decrease the proportion of persons under 65 years of age without health insurance to 9.0% among the total population, 5.0% among Whites, 9.4% among Blacks, and 19.1% among Hispanics. HNJ2020 Objective AHS-1b: Decrease the proportion of persons under 19 years of age without health insurance to 3.5%.

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.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

New Jersey has a lower proportion of residents under age 65 lacking health insurance compared to the U.S. as a whole.

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.

Available Services

NJ FamilyCare: [http://www.njfamilycare.org/default.aspx http://www.njfamilycare.org/default.aspx]
Page Content Updated On 04/10/2017, Published on 09/25/2017
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Content updated: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:52:42 EST