Health Insurance Coverage

What This Indicator Measures

This indicator tracks the percentage of adults in Western New York ages 18 to 64 with some form of health insurance.

Why This Measure Matters

A recent report from the Institute of Medicine gives spotlight to the evidence showing that having health insurance is essential for people's health and well-being - safety-net services are not enough to prevent avoidable illness, worse health outcomes and premature death. Moreover, high rates of uninsured in a local community increase the likelihood that the insured will have difficulty obtaining needed care, with lower levels of satisfaction with the care they do receive.

% of Adults in Western New York With Health Insurance

Data Sources & Notes

This chart presents summary level results from the New York State Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, as reported in the New York State Department of Health County Health Assessment Indicator (CHAI) reports for 2004-06.

A random sampling of adult respondents ages 18 and over were queried over the telephone in July 2003 about their source, if any, of medical insurance.

A total of 640 interviews were conducted in each of 38 localities sampled across New York State, which included from Western New York: Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans, Allegany and Wyoming Counties. Survey procedures paralleled those of the annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System administered by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which collect similar data at the national and state levels.

Western New York's average reflects a population-weighted average, while the New York State average is reported by CHAI. The national average is from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, as reported by the CDC. The Healthy People 2010 goal reflects the target set by Objective 19-1 to increase the proportion of adults who are at a healthy weight to 60 percent. Healthy People 2010 provides a set of measurable "disease prevention and health promotion" goals for the nation across 28 different topic areas.

WNY Health Care Priorities

Learn how this indicator informs these WNY Health Care Priorities:

Measuring Methods

How we measured WNY health care performance in five priority areas (...read more)