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6.  Jay County Archival Indicators of Risk

Community Risk Factor:  Extreme Economic

And Social Deprivation

Table 6.26:  Insurance Coverage, 2002 (MRI, Consumer Behavior Insurance 2002, 2003)

6.26 Lack of Health Insurance

We consider lack of health insurance to be a form of extreme deprivation.  Research has shown that two of the strongest indicators of self-reported health status and routine preventative care are having a consistent source of medical care and having health insurance.  Where either is absent there is a higher risk of health problems and particularly of not receiving preventative care.  Lack of health insurance is often associated with lack of employment or underemployment, poverty, being in transition, and/or undocumented immigrant status.  The following table shows rates of health insurance coverage for Jay County, compared with Indiana and the nation.

33.95%

33.16%

29.51%

Dental insurance

10.73%

11.75%

14.75%

Medicare supplements

3.20%

3.58%

4.48%

Medicaid

47.05%

48.17%

47.35%

From a place of work

3.24%

2.92%

2.63%

From a union

72.20%

73.55%

75.05%

Any medical insurance

U.S.

Indiana

Jay Co.

Health Insurance Status for Population 18 and Older, 2002

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