U.S. Census: Idaho County

Nearly 18 percent not covered by insurance

More people in Idaho County are without health insurance coverage than the total combined incorporated populations of Cottonwood, Ferdinand, Kooskia, Riggins and Stites.

And for those residents in the Millennial Generation, nearly half are uninsured.

This is according to five-year estimate figures in the 2008-2012 American Community Survey recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Nearly 18 percent – 2,822 people – are uninsured out of the county’s 15,750 total civilian noninstitutionalized population, according to census figures.

The largest age group left uncovered is the age 18 to 64 block; 2,501 uninsured out of a total 8,980 (27.9 percent). While the 18-64 group makes up the largest in numbers uninsured, nearly half (45.6 percent; 427 of 936) of those in the 19 to 25 age group were without coverage.

For those younger than age 18, 315 people out of 3,380 (9.3 percent) are not covered. Of those age 65 and older, only six out of 3,390 (.2 percent) are uninsured.

Focusing on those within the labor force, 25.8 percent (1,615) of 6,262 employed were uninsured. Nearly half (47.2 percent) of the 534 unemployed were without coverage. Those who worked full-time, year-round in the past 12 months (3,790) were less likely to be uninsured, 16.3 percent (619), versus those who worked less than full-time (3,506) at 38.4 percent (1,348).

For the most part, as household income increases, the percentage of those within those earning groups without health coverage decreases. A quarter of the total 4,079 earning less than $25,000 annually (1,023) were uninsured, followed by 21.2 percent (1,080) earning $25,000 to $49,999, and 11 percent (351) earning $50,000 to $74,999. For those in the $75,000 to $99,999 earnings group, 12.7 percent (225 of 1,766) were uninsured; and only 101 (6.7 percent) of 1,511 earning $100,000 were without coverage.

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