Health Insurance Coverage in New York, 2008
Updated and expanded with 2007-2008 data from the Current Population Survey, the Fund’s annual chartbook provides an invaluable snapshot of the uninsured in New York, detailing income, employment status, age, and other demographic information. It also tracks coverage distribution among workers and low-income New Yorkers, estimates the number of uninsured New Yorkers who are eligible for public health insurance, and describes trends in coverage over time.
Among the findings in the new chartbook:
- There are 1.4 million non-elderly uninsured residents in New York City (19 percent of the population) and 2.5 million non-elderly uninsured residents in New York State (15 percent of the population).
- New York State’s uninsured are largely working adults or their dependents or individuals from low-income families: 8 in 10 uninsured are workers or their dependents; over 60 percent of the uninsured are low-income; and low-income workers represent over half of all uninsured workers.
- An estimated 1.1 million (or 42 percent) of uninsured New Yorkers are eligible for public coverage but not enrolled. Another 1.2 million, or 45 percent, of uninsured New Yorkers have low-to-moderate income that would meet the income standards for subsidized coverage under health reform.
- Between 2006 and 2008, before the full impact of the recession, New York was already experiencing a decline in the rate of employer-sponsored insurance and an increase in the rate of public coverage. Because these trends largely offset each other, the share of the population without coverage remained stable.