Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
Health insurance is a key element in ensuring access to health care for women, as women with coverage are more likely to obtain preventive, primary, and specialty care services. However, many women face barriers to obtaining coverage because they have limited access to private insurance or do not qualify for public programs. Kaiser has released two updated fact sheets that provide the most current information and data on health insurance coverage for women ages 18-64. The fact sheet, “Women’s Health Insurance Coverage,” provides new statistics on health coverage and describes the major sources of health insurance for non-elderly adult women, including employer-sponsored coverage, Medicaid, individually purchased insurance, and Medicare. It also summarizes the major policy challenges facing women in obtaining health coverage, and provides data on the more than 17 million women who are uninsured.
The second fact sheet, “Health Insurance Coverage of Women by State,” provides state-by-state data on the uninsured rate, as well as rates of private insurance and Medicaid coverage.