4/22/09

1 Million Uninsured

A new report on poverty reveals that 1,052,611 residents of Long Island under 65 have no health insurance. Yup! That's 43% of the state's 2,471,152 uninsureds. And 1 in 6 islander under 65 lacks coverage.

Here are the numbers and percentages of the uninsured by county:
    • Kings County: 335,289 - 15.9%
    • Nassau County: 173,349 - 15.1%
    • Queens County: 345,196 - 17.6
    • Suffolk County: 198,777 - 15.2%
A few questions:
    • How is it that the economically challenged Western NY counties of Erie, Monroe and Niagara have lower rates of uninsureds (11.3% - 11.9%) than wealthy LI?
    • How is it that Bronx County manages an uninsured rate of 11.1%?
    • How is it that 68% of the largely rural Upstate counties (27 of 40) have uninsured rates greater than 15% and as high as thirty per cent in state as rich as NY?
    • Furthermore, how is it that NY spends so much while managing to leave millions uninsured?
Link: 2009 New York State Poverty Report
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