Essex County Public Health Profile Report
Health Insurance Coverage: Percent uninsured, 2020
Essex12.4% 95% Confidence Interval(11.5% - 13.3%)Description of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
Essex Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
Why Is This Important?Lack of health insurance is strongly associated with lack of access to health care services, particularly preventive and primary care. The uninsured are significantly more likely to be in fair or poor health, to have unmet medical needs or surgical care, not to have had a physician or other health professional visit, and to lack satisfaction in quality of care received.
How Are We Doing?With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act beginning in 2014, a distinct decrease was seen in the proportion of uninsured persons. The targets for persons under 19 years of age and Whites and Hispanics under 65 years of age were met by mid-decade, so new, more challenging targets were set but not achieved.
What Is Being Done?NJ FamilyCare is a federal- and state-funded health insurance program created to help qualified New Jersey residents of any age access affordable health insurance. NJ FamilyCare is for people who do not have employer insurance. Beginning January 2014, NJ FamilyCare - New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance program - includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations. That means qualified NJ residents of any age may be eligible for free or low cost health insurance that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services and even hospitalization.
Healthy People Objective AHS-1.1:Increase the proportion of persons with health insurance: Medical insurance
U.S. Target: 100 percent
Health Care System Factors:
NoteThe margins of error used in SAHIE are 90% confidence levels.
Data SourcesUS Census Bureau, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE), [https://www.census.gov/data-tools/demo/sahie/#/?s_statefips=34]
Measure Description for Health Insurance Coverage
Definition: Percentage of New Jersey residents with or without health insurance coverage
Numerator: Number of persons surveyed who did or did not have health insurance coverage at the time of the interview
Denominator: Total number of persons in the survey sample