According to research we recently completed for the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, the number of Vermont residents without health insurance has fallen to an historic low, 3.7%.
According to the state’s Governor’s Office, Vermont’s rate of uninsured is now the second lowest in the country.
Since 2000, we have conducted six distinct surveys of the state’s households, including data on more than 31,000 respondents, to accurately measure the rate of uninsured residents of Vermont and the coverage sources for those who are insured. This information has been used by policy makers, program executives, advocates, and health planners to design and expand health insurance programs that maintain and expand health insurance coverage in Vermont.
Our most recent administration completed in December 2014 gathered data on 8,923 Vermont residents, including 322 uninsured residents. Once complete, we presented the Department of Financial Regulation with a comprehensive report that:
- Analyzed characteristics of the uninsured including demographics, income, employer and health status characteristics, duration of current uninsured spell and reasons for being uninsured.
- Estimated the number and characteristics of uninsured Vermont residents who may be eligible for the Vermont state health insurance programs or for coverage through the Health Exchange.
- Identified the number of residents who have employers that offer insurance and reasons for non-take-up.
- Identified the number of privately insured residents that are underinsured.