The new Small Area Health Insurance Estimates program from the US Census Bureau has released initial estimates of health insurance coverage for all counties. Keep in mind that these are experimental estimates based on survey data, population estimates and administrative records. Still, this is the only dataset with consistent estimates for all counties in the nation.
According to the Census Bureau, a person is considered uninsured if they are not covered by any type of health insurance for the entire year.
In Montana in 2015,
- 14 percent of the population under age 65, or 118,357 people, had no health insurance coverage compared to 11 percent in all of the U.S.;
- the percent under age 65 without health insurance ranked 7th - from highest to lowest - out of the U.S.'s 50 states;
- 8.1 percent of children under the age of 19, or 18,906 children, had no health insurance coverage compared to 5.0 percent of all children in the U.S.;
- the percent of children without health coverage ranked 4th - from highest to lowest - out of the U.S.'s 50 states.