Adults in SeaTac are 9 times more likely than those in Sammamish to have no health insurance.
Without health insurance, most Americans could not afford adequate health care – including life- and cost-saving preventive care. Those lacking coverage often forego necessary care until a medical crisis forces them to seek expensive and potentially risky emergency treatment.
As part of a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, King County adults were asked about their health insurance coverage. Combining data from 2010, 2011, 2012, 16.6% of non-elderly adults in King County did not have health insurance. Rates varied widely across King County, however (from a low of 3.3% in Sammamish to a high of 30.4% in SeaTac).
In Janurary of 2014, about 82,000 uninsured adults became eligible for Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act. Another 103,300 uninsured adults may become eligible for subsidized health insurance. NOTE: This estimate does not exclude residents who are undocumented or do not meet residency requirements. Of adults without coverage, about 4 in 10 may qualify for Medicaid expansion in:
- SeaTac (48.4%)
- Burien (46.2%)
- Federal Way (46.0%)
- Bothell (44.5%)
- Kent (42.8%)
- Auburn (40.6%)
- Seattle (39.9%)
Another 103,300 uninsured adults may become eligible for subsidized health insurance. NOTE: This estimate does not exclude residents who are undocumented or do not meet residency requirements. At least half of adults without coverage may qualify for subsidized insurance in:
- Kenmore (62.7%)
- Maple Valley (56.5%)
- Inglewood-Finn Hill CDP (56.4%)
- Renton (55.4%)
- Kirkland (54.6%)
- Shoreline (52.9%)
Undocumented immigrants will not qualify for Medicaid expansion or subsidized coverage.
Lawfully present immigrants who have been in the U.S. for less than 5 years will not qualify for Medicaid expansion.
- However, lawfully present immigrants will be able to purchase coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder.
- And lawfully present immigrants with incomes below 400% of federal poverty guidelines may be eligible for subsidies.