(LOUISVILLE, Ky – February 21, 2018) Twenty-four percent of Kentucky adults ages 18-64 are concerned they may lose their health coverage, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). Due in part to Medicaid expansion, public insurance coverage has increased from 29 percent in 2016 to 35 percent in 2017, but 15 percent of Kentucky adults have no health coverage and an additional 6 percent currently have insurance but were without it some time in the prior 12 months.
Employer-sponsored health insurance declined from 45 percent in 2016 to 39 percent in 2017. This is the lowest rate since 2012, when employer-provided insurance was 37 percent.
“Health insurance and good health go hand in hand,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “Preventative care and wellness checks are as necessary as treatment for chronic illness, and too many Kentucky adults are still going without the care they need due to lack of insurance.”
The proportion of Kentucky adults who said they had some form of public health insurance is again at 35 percent, the same rate reported in 2015 and the highest rate since KHIP began tracking health insurance coverage in 2008. Public health insurance for adults includes Medicare, Medicaid, military benefits, and combinations of the three sources. In the years prior to ACA implementation, the proportion of Kentucky adults with public insurance had been as low as 11 percent in 2008 to as high as 27 percent in 2012.
“As this poll shows, many Kentuckians are concerned about continued health insurance coverage. The data would seem to indicate they have reason to be concerned. The Foundation is committed to educating policymakers on the health needs of the state, and KHIP is an integral part of informing legislators,” said Charlie Ross, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
A copy of the poll is available here.
About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested more than $27 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.