Insurance Coverage as it Relates to Median Household Income Lauren Minnick
Insurance Coverage and Median Household Income -‐The following slides contain maps showing the percentage of people with insurance coverage in the US and the Median Household Income in the US, ﬁrst by county and then by state. -‐When comparing the maps sorted by county some similariDes are apparent: The pockets of Very Low or Low insurance coverage in Florida, Texas, as well as the smaller pockets in Colorado and Montana correspond to areas of Lower Income ($36,000-‐$70,000). -‐The areas of High to Very High insurance coverage in Michigan, Wisconsin, and the Northeast also correspond to higher income areas ($41,000-‐72,519).
Conclusion -‐While it is possible to see a correlaDon between median household income and insurance coverage when comparing the maps that display the data by county, the apparent correlaDons disappear when the data is organized by state. When organized by state the map of insurance coverage shows an enDrely diﬀerent conﬁguraDon than the map displaying median household income. -‐It also bears noDng that the data sets used for the maps are from 2005 (Health Insurance) and 2010 (Median Household Income). While median household income has remained relaDvely ﬂat in the last ﬁve years, I would speculate that insurance coverage has probably decreased overall due to rising unemployment in the interim period.