Health

Adults with Health Insurance

Health insurance coverage improves access and quality of medical care and contributes to overall community health. Regular healthcare access improves the chances of living a longer and healthier life. Those without health insurance are often unable to afford medical treatment and delay routine checkups and screenings, which can lead to poor health outcomes and financial hardship.

Source: American Community Survey (ACS), Single-year estimates; Confidence level: 90 percent

83.6%

Adults with health insurance in Clark County in 2019

84.5%

Adults with health insurance in Nevada in 2019

87.1%

Adults with health insurance in the U.S. in 2019

Health insurance coverage among adults in Southern Nevada increases following Medicaid expansion

The percentage of non-elderly adults (younger than 65) with health insurance in Southern Nevada has increased 18 percent (and 13 percentage points) since 2012. The increase between 2012 and 2019 translates to more than 250,000 more adults with health insurance in Southern Nevada.

The strong uptick in adults with insurance can largely be attributed to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. Since the ACA took effect in 2013, every state in the U.S. has seen their uninsured rate drop. While Southern Nevada still trails the nation in terms of adults with health coverage, the disparity in rates has lessened from nearly 10 percentage points early in the decade to 3.5 in 2019.

The state as a whole has seen similar gains, increasing from 71.5 percent in 2012 to 84.5 percent in 2019. However, Nevada still ranks 42nd nationally (out of 52*) as of 2019 in terms of non-elderly adults with health insurance, a modest climb from 2012 when it ranked 50th. Massachusetts ranked first nationally in 2012 and 2019 at 94.6 and 95.8 percent respectively.

* 50 states, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico