The Census Bureau released estimates of health insurance coverage for people younger than age 65 in the nation’s roughly 3,140 counties. The estimates were made available by sex, age groups and income-to-poverty ratios.
In Cobb in 2009,
n 22.1 percent of men and 17.9 percent of women lacked coverage. In 2008, 17.7 percent of men and 15.1 percent of women were uninsured.
n 12.4 percent of children age 18 and younger were uninsured, up from 9.6 percent in 2008.
n 43.8 percent of the county’s population at or below 138 percent of the poverty line were not covered, compared to 37.8 percent in 2008.
Across Georgia, 21.2 percent of residents were not covered by health insurance in 2009, up from 20.1 percent in 2008, according to the data.
By 2014, the Affordable Care Act will extend certain Medicaid benefits to uninsured people falling into specific income groups. The SAHIE estimates will allow users to track the impact of the law on small counties, according to the Census Bureau. The mapping tools are available on the SAHIE website at www.census.gov/
SAHIE is partially funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others in the health care field.
“We use SAHIE data to more effectively gauge the level of need for breast and cervical cancer screening in various geographic jurisdictions across the country,” said Marcus Plescia, director of the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control in Atlanta. “The information provided by SAHIE data is important to us in program planning and management, targeting, and resource allocation decisions and evaluation.”
Citing funding concerns, Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters on Tuesday that he did not intend to expand Medicaid in Georgia as outlined under the health care overhaul. It’s estimated that more than 650,000 additional state residents would be provided Medicaid coverage under the optional expansion beginning in 2014.
About 1.6 million poor and disabled state residents are currently covered by Medicaid, according to the Georgia Department of Community Health, which is responsible for the state’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance programs.