Health Insurance Coverage in Johnson County
Access to health insurance is critical for individuals and families in our community. Fortunately, the uninsured rate continues to drop in Johnson County, as it has across the state of Kansas and nationwide, according to one-year 2015 data released by the U.S Census Bureau. The uninsured rate has experienced a steady decline since 2010. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010. The ACA health insurance marketplace opened in 2013.
Unfortunately, there are still many in our community who do not have access to health insurance. People of color are at least twice as likely to be uninsured; Black residents have an uninsured rate of 9% and Latino residents have an uninsured rate of 19%, compared to 4% for White residents. Youth and young adults (ages 18-44) have uninsured rates of 7-8%, compared to a 5% uninsured rate in the general population. And, poor and low-income households have higher uninsured rates than households with more income.