America's Uninsured Belt

Uninsured states, which stretch across the deep south and the Sunbelt, are significantly more religious, poor, and conservative, according to a new map released by Gallup-Healthways.

As the U.S. Supreme Court readies itself to hear oral arguments over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's "individual mandate," a map from Gallup shows us which states have the heaviest concentrations of people without health insurance. Nationally, 17.1 percent of Americans were uninsured in 2011. But that rate is not spread equally across the country. Indeed, there is something of an "uninsured belt" running through much of the deep south and the Sunbelt.

Despite the "economic miracle" that has sustained Texas throughout the crisis, more than one in four of its residents (27.6 percent) are uninsured -- the highest percentage in the nation by far. More than one in five people are uninsured in roughly a dozen other states, including Mississippi (23.5 percent), Florida (22.9 percent), Oklahoma (22.1 percent), California (22.0 percent), and Nevada (21.9 percent).

On the other end of the spectrum, less than five percent of Massachusetts residents were uninsured last year, the lowest rate in the nation (thanks in part to Mitt Romney's advances in health care, whether he likes to take credit for it or not). Less than 10 percent of Vermont, Hawaii, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Wisconsin residents are uninsured as well.

Read the full story at The Atlantic Cities.

Presented by

The Atlantic Cities explores the most innovative ideas and pressing issues facing today’s global cities and neighborhoods. By bringing together news, analysis, data, and trends, the site is an engaging destination for an increasingly urbanized world.

Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

Video

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

More in Health

Just In