May 20th 2016 - Written by: Suzan Reagan

Current Trends in NM Healthcare Insurance Coverage

In recent years, health insurance coverage has received a lot of attention. Since the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act and the New Mexico Medicare Expansion there certainly have been many questions on the measurement of the impacts of these programs. The Census Bureau Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program data release of May 12, 2016 provides some indication of the increase coverage for health insurance in New Mexico. For 2014 the New Mexico uninsured rate was 17.1 percent for those under 65 years old. This represents a decrease of 4.8 percent from 21.9 percent in 2013. The New Mexico demographic details for those who are under 65 years of age for 2014 shows that Non-Hispanic White had a 10.6 percent uninsured rate which was a decrease of 3.2 percent from 2013. In New Mexico for Non-Hispanic Black the 2014 uninsured was 15.7 percent a decrease of 4.9 from the year before and finally 20.3 percent uninsured for Hispanics (any race) in 2014 was a decrease 5.9 percent from 2013 uninsured rate of 26.3 percent. All of these decreases were statistically significant.The percent of uninsured decline in every county across New Mexico from 2013 to 2014 as measured by SAHIE. The counties with the largest declines for the uninsured, all over 6.5 percent, included Mora, Harding, Catron, Dona Ana, and Luna County (see table below).

SAHIE Percent Uninsured
Area 2014 2013 Difference
New Mexico 17.1 21.9 -4.8
Bernalillo County 15.4 20 -4.6
Catron County 22.2 29.1 -6.9
Chaves County 19 23 -4
Cibola County 18.9 22.7 -3.8
Colfax County 14.9 19.7 -4.8
Curry County 16.5 20.4 -3.9
DeBaca County 23.5 29.3 -5.8
Doña Ana County 18.5 25.2 -6.7
Eddy County 13.4 17.2 -3.8
Grant County 13.6 18.2 -4.6
Guadalupe County 15.6 21.4 -5.8
Harding County 17.8 25.1 -7.3
Hidalgo County 16.4 21.9 -5.5
Lea County 17.9 22.3 -4.4
Lincoln County 20.2 26.6 -6.4
Los Alamos County 4 5.3 -1.3
Luna County 20.2 26.9 -6.7
McKinley County 26.2 29.3 -3.1
Mora County 16.2 23.9 -7.7
Otero County 18.1 23.2 -5.1
Quay County 16.3 19.7 -3.4
Rio Arriba County 19.3 24.6 -5.3
Roosevelt County 19.7 23.9 -4.2
Sandoval County 13 17.6 -4.6
San Juan County 19.4 24.8 -5.4
San Miguel County 14.5 20.7 -6.2
Santa Fe County 19.9 23.5 -3.6
Sierra County 17.9 23.4 -5.5
Socorro County 18.6 23.5 -4.9
Taos County 19.1 24.6 -5.5
Torrance County 16.9 22.5 -5.6
Union County 19.6 22.2 -2.6
Valencia County 17.2 22.1 -4.9

This data is available on the Census website for the SAHIE program . The national highlights for 2014 from the SAHIE program are available in a PDF download. SAHIE is the only source of single-year health insurance coverage estimates for all U.S. counties. The Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program was created to develop model-based estimates of health insurance coverage for counties and states. This program builds on the work of the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program.


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