Public Policy Institute of New York State, Inc.

Just the Facts - Key Economic and Social Indicators for New York State

Percent of Population Without Health Insurance, 1999

Table 41
Rank State Amt.   Rank State Amt.
1 New Mexico 25.8%   27 Virginia 14.1%
2 Texas 23.3%   28 New Jersey 13.4%
3 Louisiana 22.5%   29 Vermont 12.3%
4 Arizona 21.2%   30 Kansas 12.1%
5 Nevada 20.7%   31 Maine 11.9%
6 California 20.3%   32 Maryland 11.8%
7 Florida 19.2%   33 North Dakota 11.8%
8 Alaska 19.1%   34 South Dakota 11.8%
9 Idaho 19.1%   35 Tennessee 11.5%
10 Montana 18.6%   36 Delaware 11.4%
11 South Carolina 17.6%   37 Michigan 11.2%
12 Oklahoma 17.5%   38 Hawaii 11.1%
13 West Virginia 17.1%   39 Ohio 11.0%
14 Colorado 16.8%   40 Wisconsin 11.0%
15 Mississippi 16.6%   41 Indiana 10.8%
16 NEW YORK 16.4%   42 Nebraska 10.8%
17 Georgia 16.1%   43 Massachusetts 10.5%
18 Wyoming 16.1%   44 New Hampshire 10.2%
19 Washington 15.8%   45 Connecticut 9.8%
20 North Carolina 15.4%   46 Pennsylvania 9.4%
21 Arkansas 14.7%   47 Missouri 8.6%
22 Oregon 14.6%   48 Iowa 8.3%
23 Kentucky 14.5%   49 Minnesota 8.0%
24 Alabama 14.3%   50 Rhode Island 6.9%
25 Utah 14.2%   U.S. average 15.5%
26 Illinois 14.1%   N.Y.S. % above avg. 5.8%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/hhes/hlthins/hlthin99/hi99te.html
As New York's economy has improved, the proportion of residents who lack health insurance has improved; it was 17.5% in 1997.