New PA State Data Center report examines state trends in health care insurance

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania State Data Center at Penn State Harrisburg has released the research report “Healthcare Insurance in Pennsylvania: 2010 to 2015.” The interactive report focuses on how events like the opening of health care exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid affected the uninsured populations in Pennsylvania. The report is the first in a quarterly series on topics relevant to current events.

The report finds, for example, that according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE), the percentage of Pennsylvanians lacking healthcare insurance coverage dropped from 12.1 percent in 2010 to 7.6 percent in 2015.

While the report highlights state-level and some county data, an accompanying dashboard lets readers examine more customized healthcare insurance data, such as for their own county. (Visit here for more information on Pennsylvania State Data Center dashboards.)

"An essential aspect of the Pennsylvania State Data Center’s mission is to effectively communicate and disseminate key information throughout the Commonwealth in order to facilitate data-driven decision-making,” said Tim Schock, data analyst at the center.

The Pennsylvania State Data Center, part of the Institute of State and Regional Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg, is a premier partner of the U.S. Census Bureau and Pennsylvania’s official source of population and economic statistics since 1981.

For more information, contact Tim Schock at 717-948-6671 or trs69@psu.edu. To receive future reports from the Pennsylvania State Data Center, email PaSDC@PSU.edu. Follow the center on Twitter at twitter.com/PaSDC_PSU.

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Kalisha DeVan

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717-948-6001