Upstate New York’s Uninsured Rate Remains at Historic Low; New York State Rate Is the Lowest Ever Recorded

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Upstate New York’s health insurance uninsured rate continued to hold at the historic level of 4 percent, while the state’s uninsured rate hit its lowest level in history, according to an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey issued today.

The 4 percent rate for upstate New York compares favorably to a statewide uninsured rate of 5.7 percent. The national rate is 8.7 percent. 

“More people than ever before are reporting they have coverage that provides them with access to the high-quality health care available in upstate New York,” said Christopher Booth, chief executive officer of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “We’ve never seen these percentages of the population with coverage.”

The American Community Survey is the largest and the U.S. Census Bureau’s recommended source for examining uninsured data at national, state and regional levels. It reports the yearly uninsured rate for geographic areas with populations of 65,000 or more. The county-level data were aggregated to calculate the upstate New York uninsured rate cited by the health plan.

“We believe the historically low uninsured rates for upstate are a result of lower-cost health care in this market of nonprofit health plans and nonprofit hospital systems,” Booth said.

By comparison, the 2016 uninsured rate for the state was 6.1 percent, while the U.S. rate was 8.6 percent.

View an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield infographic illustrating the census numbers at https://tinyurl.com/ycb6rgr8.

Post Date

Sep 13th 2018