A newly released poll says 1 in 4 Kentucky adults ages 18 to 64 are living without health insurance, and in Northern Kentucky, 1 in 3 adults are uninsured.
According to the 2010 Kentucky Health Issues Poll, the statewide number is down from 1 in 3 (33 percent) in 2009 but consistent with the 2008 KHIP. In general, as age, education level and income increased, the percentage of Kentucky adults who were currently uninsured decreased, consistent with previous KHIPs.
The report also shows that 1 in 10 insured Kentuckians ages 18–64 (10 percent) had been uninsured at some point in the past 12 months. Therefore, 1 in 3 Kentucky adults ages 18–64 (36 percent) had been uninsured at some point in the last 12 months, including currently (as of December 2010).
Nearly half (46 percent) of adults living in households with an income below 100 percent of the federal poverty guidelines reported being currently uninsured, compared to 16 percent of those living above 200 percent FPG.
Over one third (35 percent) of adults ages 18–29 reported not having health insurance, twice the rate of adults ages 46–64 (17 percent) who reported not having insurance. The rate of uninsured young adults is down from 2009 (47 percent), but consistent with 2008 (35 percent).
KHIP, conducted annually, identifies what residents think about various health issues that affect communities, the state and the nation. It is jointly funded by The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.