Archive for October 18th, 2013

Are You Insured?

October 18, 2013

Everyone knows that health care is an expensive proposition (and very few people can afford to pay the full costs themselves).  And, while most Americans have private health insurance or participate in public programs, such as Medicare or Medicaid, there are still many Americans who find themselves uninsured due to their meager finances and/or uncoverable pre-existing conditions.  When it comes to the uninsured (residents age 18 or older), which states have the highest percentage and which states have the lowest percentage?  Oklahoma, at 21.4% finds itself closer to the higher percentage of uninsured and is definitely within the top quartile.

Lowest percentage of uninsured adults:
1. Massachusetts (4.5%)
2. Puerto Rico (6.7%)
3. District of Columbia (7.5%)
4. Vermont (9.2%)
5. Delaware (9.6%)

Highest percentage of uninsured adults:
48. Florida (22.8%)
49. California (23.2%)
50. Nevada (23.3%)
51. Louisiana (24.0%)
52. Texas (28.8%)

Sources: AARP Bulletin, October 2013; Stats for 2012 except for Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia which were from the 2011 U.S. Census; Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.