What are we measuring?
This measure tracks the rate of health insurance coverage for residents under 65 years. The data come from the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. The SAHIE program models health insurance coverage by combining survey data from several sources, including population estimates, aggregated federal tax return, participation records for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), County Business Pattern, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) participation records.
Why are we measuring it?
Health insurance coverage is a major determinant of access to health care. Uninsured children and non-elderly adults are substantially less likely to have a regular source of health care or a recent health care visit than their insured counterparts. As a result, uninsured children have lower rates of immunization and are less likely to receive medical care for common childhood conditions. Uninsured adults are less likely to receive preventive services and screenings, which increase the likelihood of preventable illness, missed diagnosis and delayed treatment.
How are we doing?
After dropping in the years immediately following the Great Recession, the health insurance coverage rate for Fulton County residents has been on the rise, particularly in the most recent years, increasing from 79 to 87 percent between 2013 and 2017. Still, Fulton County ranked below all but two of its benchmark counties as of 2017 and well below the topped rank Allegheny County, PA, at 95.1 percent.