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1 in 5 New Yorkers are uninsured, says NYC Health Department

A media campaign urging New Yorkers to sign up for health insurance by the March 31 deadline. One in five New Yorkers do not have health insurance, according to a report covering the period of 2008 to 2012.
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One in five adult New Yorkers do not have health insurance, according to a report released by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Wednesday afternoon.

Twenty percent of New Yorkers, or 1.2 million people, are currently uninsured, according to the report. More than two in five adults, or 43 percent, are mainly covered by private health insurance, while 20 percent are primarily covered by Medicaid.

Twenty-nine percent of unemployed adults are more likely to be uninsured, compared to 20 percent of employed adults, including self-employed adults, the report added. But 60 percent of uninsured adults are employed.

The report also noted a correlation between lack of health insurance and health-related problems. One in five uninsured New Yorkers ages 18 to 64, or 19 percent, reported having fair or poor health. Fifty-one percent of uninsured adults ages 18 to 44 and 71 percent of adults ages 45 to 64 are overweight or obese.

Since 2008, the percentage of uninsured New Yorkers has increased from 15 percent to 20 percent, while private coverage decreased from 51 percent to 43 percent. Medicaid coverage, however, increased from 15 percent to 20 percent.

The data, which covers the period of 2008 to 2012, comes from the New York City Community Health Survey, a telephone survey conducted yearly by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Division of Epidemiology and the Bureau of Epidemiology Services.

In mid-March, First Lady Chirlane McCray, Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett and Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks launched a media campaign calling on New Yorkers to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act as the March 31 deadline approaches.