Health Insurance Coverage in New York, 2009

Author/Editor: Juliana Macri, Emily Lawton, Christine Coyer, Victoria Lynch, Genevieve M. Kenney, Peter Newell, and Andrew Detty


In the new edition of the United Hospital Fund’s annual chartbook series—Health Insurance Coverage in New York, 2009—a larger, richer data source has quantified differences in insurance coverage and uninsurance around New York State and within New York City. Data are broken down into 14 separate regions across New York State, including the five boroughs of New York City. Within the city itself, estimates are provided for 55 separate neighborhoods.

This special report also looks at New York from a national perspective in 2009 and finds that the state’s rate of uninsurance, 12.9 percent, compares favorably to the national uninsurance rate, 17.1 percent. Further, while that national rate of uninsurance increased by 0.7 percent from 2008 to 2009, the rate in New York State was unchanged, despite a lingering national recession.

Among the other findings in the new chartbook:

  • In 2009, rates of employer-sponsored insurance in New York State other than New York City fell within a fairly tight band near the statewide rate of 60.7 percent, with a high of 72.3 percent in the Nassau/Suffolk County region and a low of 61.7 percent in the northernmost region (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties).
  • Rates of employer-sponsored insurance in New York City showed considerable variation. While the citywide employer-sponsored insurance rate was 51.3 percent, borough-specific numbers ranged from 38.0 percent in the Bronx to 68.4 percent in Staten Island.
  • At the neighborhood level, uninsurance rates for New York City nonelderly in 2008 and 2009 ranged from a low of 4.9 percent on the South Shore of Staten Island to a high of 32.2 percent in Jackson Heights, Queens.
  • Not a single New York City neighborhood had a rate of uninsurance for children of greater than 10 percent in 2008 and 2009.

Health Insurance Coverage in New York, 2009  was prepared collaboratively by the Urban Institute and the United Hospital Fund.

Read the related press release.

Copyright: 2011
Published: 09.09.2011




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