Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Utah has Higher Percentage of Health Insurance Coverage than the U.S.

John Krantz, Economist

Newly released American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, a U.S. Census Bureau product, provides the most current information on the demographic, economic, and social characteristics of Utah’s population.  With the Health Insurance Marketplace now in operation, 2012 is the last year to examine health insurance coverage as it existed before the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) implementation. Overall, Utah had a slightly smaller percentage of uninsured individuals at 14.5 percent than the U.S. at 14.8 percent. The difference between Utah and the U.S. is even larger for working age adults between 18 and 64, where only 18.9 percent were uninsured in Utah compared to 20.6 percent for the U.S. Utah did have a larger percentage of individuals under 18 who were uninsured (10.1 percent) relative to the U.S. (7.2 percent). This is the baseline data upon which to evaluate any changes in future Utah health care coverage under the ACA.

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