Health Insurance

Having health insurance enables people to obtain the health care services they need. Those who are uninsured are more likely to put off primary care and seeking care when health issues arise which can result in poorer health outcomes. The exorbitant costs of care can be especially financially debilitating for those without insurance.

Although insurance rates have improved with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), disparities in insurance coverage persist, and coverage for many may be threatened. Many barriers to coverage still exist, including the high cost of insurance, jobs that do not offer health insurance coverage, eligibility issues for Medicaid and Marketplace (particularly in states that did not expand Medicaid as part of the ACA), and lack of awareness for financial assistance among those who are eligible.

Resources & Tools


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IP3 Assess Application
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Staff Pick!
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CARES Engagement Network
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
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Growing Accessibility of Opioids in Rural Areas
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Who Are the Uninsured?
Story - Written
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Incorporating Health into Physical Needs Assessments
Story - Written
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Data & Metrics


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American Community Survey
Dataset - Community Generated
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 Related Topics


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Basic Needs for Health and Safety

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Healthcare Access