Thursday, October 10, 2019

Michigan has one of the lowest rates of uninsured residents

Lighthouse in Manisteque, Michigan - Photo by David Mark/Pixabay
There is some good news on the healthcare front for those of us in the Detroit area.

According to a new report from the online financial service WalletHub, Michigan has one of the lowest rates of uninsured residents of any state. 5.41% of residents in the Great Lakes State currently lack health insurance. This is in contrasts to 8.5% of all Americans, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

This means that Michigan ranks in ninth place on the list of states with the lowest percentage of uninsured residents. Only Massachusetts, Vermont, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Iowa, Connecticut, and New York have a smaller percentage of residents who lack health insurance.

In addition to that bit of good news, there is also the fact that Rochester Hills – a northern suburb of Detroit – has one of the lowest uninsured rates of any city in the United States. A mere 1.979% of its residents lack health insurance, which gives it the ninth best ranking of any city in the United States. The cities of Livonia, Ann Arbor, and Troy also each had uninsured rates that are dramatically better than the national average.

Looking at the inner city, Detroit is also better than average for large cities. 7.79% of all Detroiters currently lack some form of health insurance and only 4.23% of children in the city are uninsured.
The one bit of disappointing news is that 9.397% of adults in the city of Detroit currently lack health insurance.

There is no data readily available that shows how the Warrendale neighborhood compares with the rest of Detroit. However, on an anedotal basis, it would appear that it is at least somewhat better than other parts of the city.

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