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*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
*THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2011*
Robert Bernstein CB11-172, Public Information
*Census Bureau Publishes *
*Health Insurance Coverage Estimates for All Counties*
The U.S. Census Bureau today released 2008 and 2009 estimates of
health insurance coverage for each of the nation’s roughly 3,140
counties. Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) [
] are currently the only
source for estimates of health insurance coverage status for every
county in the nation.
These estimates are available by sex, age groups, race and
Hispanic origin (for states only), and income-to-poverty ratios relevant
to the new health care reform legislation and other health programs.
They enable local planners to determine, for instance, the counties in
which low-income children are most likely to lack health insurance
coverage. The data pertain to those under age 65.
SAHIE is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) and others in the health care field. CDC uses these statistics in
support of its National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection
Program, providing free cancer screenings to low-income, uninsured
women. The health insurance estimates help determine the level of need
for breast and cervical cancer screenings in communities nationwide.
The estimates are based on statistical models combining data from
a variety of sources, including the American Community Survey (ACS),
Census Bureau population estimates, administrative records, such as
aggregated federal tax returns and Medicaid participation records, and
2000 Census statistics.
“This is the first SAHIE release to make use of the American
Community Survey,” said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves. “In the
past, our statistical models were based on the Current Population
Survey, which has a smaller sample. The larger ACS sample allows us to
provide estimates for additional income groups.
“By combining data from many sources through statistical
modeling, we can considerably enhance the precision of state and county
health insurance coverage estimates,” Groves said.
Along with the data, the Census Bureau is releasing a thematic
mapping tool that permits users to examine health insurance coverage by
county, based on various demographic variables.
At present, SAHIE is the only source of health insurance
estimates for all counties. There are no county estimates derived from
the Current Population Survey. In late October, the Census Bureau will,
for the first time, release health insurance coverage estimates for
counties with a population of 20,000 to 65,000 from the 2008-2010 ACS.
Eventually the five-year estimates from ACS will include statistics on
health insurance coverage.
*Editor’s note: The information can be accessed at
US Census Bureau [ http://www.census.gov/
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