Kansas Health Institute: Nearly 15 percent of Lyon County's non-elderly adults going without health insurance Featured

Kansas Health Institute: Nearly 15 percent of Lyon County's non-elderly adults going without health insurance Kansas Health Institute graphic

Lyon County has the highest percentage of uninsured non-elderly residents in the KVOE listening area, based on a study announced Monday by the Kansas Health Institute.


Lyon County had just under 15 percent of residents ages 19-64 not carrying health insurance, according to data from 2017, the most recent year for those statistics. That percentage is higher than all other neighboring counties, including Greenwood (13.2 percent), Morris (12.3 percent), Chase and Osage (11.8 percent), Coffey (8.9 percent) and Wabaunsee (8.6 percent).

Overall, the uninsured rate remained steady at 12.3 percent across Kansas.

The Health Institute says there was a significant reduction in uninsured rates among non-elderly residents from 2013 to 2016 and there has been overall improvement since 2009, although that flattened out two years ago. The Health Institute does not list reasons for the disparity among counties, but it says southwest Kansas generally has much higher uninsured rates than the rest of the state and additional study could lead to targeted approaches to improve those rates.

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