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Access to Care/Health Insurance

Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all Americans.1

1. Access to Health Services Overview. Healthy People 2020. 1/25/18.
Access to care often varies based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and residential location.2

2. Access and Disparities in Access to Health Care. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. May 2016.
In New Jersey, health insurance coverage and other measures of health care access among adults are tracked through the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (NJBRFS).

Estimates of the number of people who are uninsured are available from several different sources, including a number of federal surveys, including:
  1. The U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey (CPS) - state-level estimates
  2. The U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) - state, county, and sub-county level estimates
  3. CDC's National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) - state level estimates
  4. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey - Household Component (MEPS-HS)

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