Health Insurance Coverage in Southeastern PA

Posted by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey on May 5, 2020

Even before COVID-19, number of uninsured up in PA

The number of Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) adults without health insurance increased from 8.5% in 2015 to 11% in 2018. Approximately 277,500 adults in SEPA lacked health insurance in 2018. This finding mirrors a national trend reported in September 2019 by the U.S. Census Bureau that showed an increase in uninsured individuals for the first time since the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Health insurance coverage is critical to an individual’s ability to access medical care. This report suggests that improved efforts are needed to increase health insurance coverage in the region, thereby promoting better health of all residents in SEPA.

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The Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Household Health Survey (HHS), conducted continuously since 1983 by Public Health Management Corporation(link is external) (PHMC), is a comprehensive health survey of 7,500 households in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. The survey collects information from residents about their health status, use of health services, access to care, and many other timely health issues. Findings from the survey are used to better understand how social determinants of health, economic and environmental factors can impact individuals and communities.

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