HEALTH COVERAGE & UNINSURED

◆ OVERVIEW◆ ADULT INSURANCE COVERAGE◆ CHILD INSURANCE COVERAGE◆ UNINSURED ADULTS BY COUNTY◆ HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE & THE ACA◆ PUBLICATIONS

OVERVIEW

adultchartbook
chartbook

Every year the Center for Mississippi Health Policy monitors trends in health insurance coverage in Mississippi, analyzing Census data. Using this data, we compile chartbooks that examine detailed demographic characteristics such as income, age, education, and work status for the various types of coverage and provide a profile of the uninsured. In addition, we publish a separate fact sheet presenting county-level data on uninsured adults.

Why this analysis is important:

Most uninsured adults in Mississippi are working full-time but are either at or below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). As the following data points will describe, working full-time does not necessarily equate to insurance access for a large portion of Mississippi adults. While Mississippi’s uninsurance rate has declined since 2012, it remains significantly higher than the national rate.

To Read More Click On The Following Articles:

ADULT INSURANCE COVERAGE

adultchartbook

The Center for Mississippi Health Policy has updated two chartbooks that provide a detailed look at health insurance coverage for non-elderly adults and for children in Mississippi. Data from the 2018 American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau were analyzed to develop a profile of coverage for each age group.

Key findings from the analysis provide insight into health coverage in the state and are summarized on the Center’s website. Included in the analysis is an examination of recent health insurance trends for both adults and children.

Non-Elderly Adults

  • Non-elderly adults in Mississippi have significantly lower rates of private health insurance when compared to the national rate. However, uninsurance rates for Mississippians fell from 2012 to 2015 and remained steady since then.
  • Non-elderly adults, aged 45 to 64, had the lowest uninsurance rates while young adults, aged 19-25, had the highest rates of uninsurance.
  • Most working non-elderly adults in Mississippi had private health insurance 59%. However, only three percent of part-time employees had private health insurance.
  • Persons below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) experience the highest rates of uninsurance.
  • Private coverage is lowest at the lowest level of educational attainment.
  • Annual premiums and employee contributions have trended upwards since 2006.

CHILD INSURANCE COVERAGE

chartbook

The Center for Mississippi Health Policy has updated two chartbooks that provide a detailed look at health insurance coverage for non-elderly adults and for children in Mississippi. Data from the 2018 American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau were analyzed to develop a profile of coverage for each age group.

Key findings from the analysis provide insight into health coverage in the state and are summarized on the Center’s web site. Included in the analysis is an examination of recent health insurance trends for both adults and children.

Children

  • Mississippi children under 19 years of age have uninsurance rates that are at the same level as the national rate.
  • One out of twenty children lack health insurance coverage statewide.
  • Over two-thirds of uninsured children in Mississippi are likely eligible for public insurance coverage.
  • Seventy-nine percent of uninsured children live with at least one adult working full-time.
  • Statewide trends show an increase in employment-based and military coverage for Mississippi children.

UNINSURED ADULTS BY COUNTY

SAHIE Brief
SAHIE Table

After several years of steady decline in uninsurance rates statewide, some counties in Mississippi have seen an increase in the number of adults going uninsured despite some portions of the population being eligible for subsidies to purchase private insurance from the federal Health Insurance Marketplace (adults 18-64 between 100% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)). Adults with incomes at or below 138% FPL would be eligible for coverage if the state were to expand Medicaid.

To view the fact sheet, click here.


health insurance coverage & the aca

Insurance

The Center for Mississippi Health Policy commissioned researchers at the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) at Mississippi State University to survey non-elderly Mississippi adults to assess their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to health insurance and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This survey serves as a follow-up to a similar study conducted in the fall of 2013 and contains additional analysis by geographic area of the state. The Center has prepared an Issue Brief that summarizes the results of this survey, which was conducted in 2014-2015. A copy of the full SSRC Report containing all survey responses, as well as the survey methodology, is also available under Related Links.

To read more click here: 2017 | 2015 | 2014