Health Insurance

Description of Indicator
The health insurance indicator depicts the percentage, by county, and state, who are not covered by health insurance. This indicator is broken down by gender race and ethnicity, place of birth and citizenship, disability status, educational attainment, and household income.

Why is it Important?
Health insurance is critical to individuals’ and families’ access to care and financial security. Individuals without insurance might delay necessary care or forgo preventative care, leading to additional medical problems and increased expenses.

How is the Region Performing?
Across Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wayne Counties, there is generally higher shares of males than females not covered by health insurance. In addition, those who identify as Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or Some other race alone experience higher shares of not being covered by health insurance, as well as those who are foreign-born, and have lower educational attainment and household income. Those who identify as not having a disability experience slightly higher rates of not being covered by health insurance.