Univera Healthcare Reports Lower Uninsured Rate for WNY

WNY’s uninsured rate is lower than the state and national averages

Summary:
Univera Healthcare reports that Western New York’s uninsured rate of 3.68 percent is 39 percent lower than the statewide uninsured rate, and 57 percent lower than the national uninsured rate. This means that a higher percentage of the Western New York population has health insurance coverage when compared to the state and the nation.

Western New York’s uninsured rate of 3.68 percent is 39 percent lower than the statewide uninsured rate (6.06%) and 57 percent lower than the national uninsured rate (8.58%) according to a Univera Healthcare analysis of new data from the U.S. Census. Low is good, because it means a higher percentage of the Western New York population has health insurance coverage when compared to the state and the nation.

“Credit goes to the way our local nonprofit health systems and the physician community partner with employers and our local nonprofit health insurers to make coverage here accessible and affordable,” said Art Wingerter, Univera Healthcare president.

Univera reviewed the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the largest available national data source that enables more accurate comparisons of national, state and regional figures. The uninsured rate is a measure of the percentage of people who were uninsured at the time of the interview. The one-year estimates are published for counties with populations of 65,000 or more (representing 84 percent of the non-institutionalized civilian population), so some upstate New York counties are excluded from the analysis.