Who doesn’t have health insurance?

There are multiple reasons why some individuals in the US have health insurance and others do not.  Affordability, knowledge of health insurance policies and awareness of need are just some reasons one may or may not have health insurance. To raise public awareness about the social determinants that increase one’s susceptibility to developing heart disease and stroke, in 2014 the CDC released a map of the percentage of adults in the US who are under the age of 65 and are uninsured. This map highlights areas of the country that are severely uninsured compared to areas where almost no one is without health insurance.

To read more about the CDC’s efforts at addressing heart disease and stroke in the US, please visit their website here.


Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Percent of Population Under Age 65 without Health Insurance. Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/maps/sd_insurance.htm


Need Help Enrolling in the Affordable Care Act?

Screen shot 2014-02-20 at 1.22.38 PMLess than six weeks remain in the first year’s final period of open enrollment. If you live in Northern New Jersey and need help enrolling in the Affordable Care Act, you’re in luck!  Enroll America made an interactive map of North Jersey showing where the most uninsured people reside and where they can get help signing up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, either through the health insurance marketplace or expanded Medicaid.

Read the article here and check out the map and get more information about enrollment here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

Where are the Uninsured Americans?

Uninsurance under Obamacare


A new map from the Urban Institute, a social and economic policy research organization, shows that many of those being denied the health care  live in states where governors decided not to expand Medicaid. A 2012 Supreme Court decision threw a wrench in that plan ruled that state lawmakers could decide whether they wanted to take federal dollars to expand Medicaid to those making less than 133 percent of the poverty level under the law. Republican governors and legislators in 25 states have refused to adopt the Medicaid expansion. Medicaid expansion is fully funded by the federal government from 2014 through 2016, then at no less than 90 percent in future years.

Read the article here and check out the map here

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 



Half the nation’s uninsured live in 4% of counties


A study conducted for the Associated Press by the the Minnesota Health Data Center found that half of the uninsured live in just 116 of the nation’s 3,143 counties, and half of the 19-39-year-old demographic lives in 108 counties. Five percent of the nation’s uninsured live in Los Angeles County alone, where 2 million people remain uninsured. Another million uninsured live in Harris County, Texas, in Houston. Other areas are Cook County, Illinois, Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Dallas County, Texas.

The Minnesota researchers used Census data from the 2011 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, the only source of annual estimates of uninsured people for all counties.

Read the full article and see the map here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com