Latest data on health insurance in RI-slight decrease in uninsured
The Census Bureau released its most recent data today on Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States.
This survey isn’t as comprehensive as the overall 2010 Census. For this survey, the Bureau bases its findings off of data from only about 100,000 addresses across the country, so it’s not incredibly accurate for super small states like Rhode Island.
That’s why organizations like Rhode Island Kids Count take a three year average of this data to round out any sampling errors. But with that warning, here are the health insurance numbers for Little Rhody (in the thousands)-
What does this data tell us ? Well, for starters, we’re a little below the percentage of uninsured residents in the North East and much better that the national average (RI is 11.4% and the NE is at 12.4% USA is 16.3%.)
Rhode Island’s percentage of uninsured has also decreased slightly since last year, down from 12% in 2009. The Poverty Institute is doing a deeper analysis of the numbers today. I’ll have a report on that later this afternoon.
Hungry to do your own analysis? Here’s some more detailed data on RI health insurance coverage and state by state data for the entire country.