The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has released a new report on uninsurance rates across the state, The Geography of Uninsurance in Massachusetts: An Update For 2013-2017. The report is based on the five years of data from the census’ American Community Survey (ACS), which surveys 2 million households annually to identify uninsured residents. Here is a basic rundown of the findings of their research and what you need to know! If you’re interested, you can find the full report here.
The uninsurance rate across the state varies drastically but there are some clear trends. Communities in more urban areas, like the Boston region, have the highest uninsurance rates. However, in wealthier and more suburban communities, like those in the MetroWest Region, the uninsurance rate is the lowest in the state. Below, you can see the top 10 communities in both uninsurance rate and number of uninsured.
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The residents in these communities are generally from similar demographics. A little bit less than half of these residents are noncitizens and about one-quarter of the families have incomes below the federal poverty line. Residents from the most uninsured communities face barriers to receiving consistent coverage because of these disadvantages. In the map below, the red shows communities with the most uninsured residents and the beige show communities with the fewest. The biggest concentration of uninsured residents comes in and around the Boston area.
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