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.

Click "Change Filter" in the above chart to rates dating back to 2009.


Adults with health insurance in Clark County in 2017


Adults with health insurance in Nevada in 2017


Adults with health insurance in the U.S. in 2017

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 nearly 20 percent (and nearly 14 percentage points) since 2012. The increase between 2012 and 2017 translates to more than 225,000 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 2017.

The state as a whole has seen similar gains, increasing from 71.5 percent in 2012 to 85 percent in 2017. However, Nevada still ranks 42nd nationally (out of 52*) as of 2017 in terms of non-elderly adults with health insurance, a modest climb from 2012 when it ranked 50th.

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

About the data

The U.S. Census Bureau collects and provides health insurance data using several national surveys and programs. Here you can learn about these surveys and programs, and get guidance on how to choose the right estimate for your needs. The above data is from the American Community Survey (ACS) and provides estimates on the percentage of nonelderly adults health insurance.

The ACS is an annual, nationwide survey of more than 3.5 million households in the U.S. The survey produces statistics on demographic, social, economic, and other characteristics about our nation's population and housing. Because of its large sample size, the ACS is useful for subnational analyses. Beginning in 2008, respondents are asked whether each household member is currently covered (by specific types of health coverage) at the time of interview.

The ACS provides single-year estimates of health insurance all places, counties, and metropolitan areas with a population of at least 65,000 as well as the nation and the states, and provides estimates for all geographies, including census tracts and block groups using data pooled over a five-year period. Both single and five-year estimates are updated every year.

In 2017, the Census Bureau updated age categories to better align with the current health insurance landscape. Age categories changed such that the age group for children includes age 18 for the many ACS datasets, whereas in years prior, the age group for children included up to age 17.  Therefore, in the above chart, "nonelderly adults" included an age range from 18 to 64 years old from 2009 to 2016, and from 19 to 64 years old in 2017.

To learn more about health insurance rates in Southern Nevada or for additional information on the data presented above, contact Southern Nevada Strong.

Last updated: October 2018