Access to Care
Kitsap County, Washington

Health insurance coverage is an important determinant of access to health care. Uninsured children and nonelderly adults are substantially less likely to have a usual source of health care or a recent health care visit than their insured counterparts. 

How many residents lack health insurance coverage?

The major source of coverage for persons under age 65 is private employer-sponsored group health insurance. Individual and family private health insurance coverage can also be purchased either directly or through the Health Insurance Marketplace or state-based exchanges. Public programs, such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, provide coverage for many low-income children and adults.

To develop policies and programs that improve health insurance coverage, obtaining timely and accurate information on the number of persons who lack health insurance coverage and the number of persons with different types of coverage is important. (Source: CDC)

Health Care Provider Visits

Data from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), indicate how often state residents receive medical care.

Within the past year, how many residents visited:

A Doctor for Checkup

2017, BRFSS

A Dentist or Dental Clinic

2016, BRFSS

Mental Health Services

2016-2017, NSDUH

How many residents needed to see a doctor in the past 12 months, but could not afford it?

About the Data

• Health insurance coverage data is from the American Community Survey, Table S2701. The percentage denominator is the population of noninstitutionalized civilians. Data for locations with populations under 60,000 is only available in 5-year estimates.

Data about doctor and dental visits is from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). 

• Mental health service visit data is from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The data is an estimate based on a two-year period.