Of roughly 10,458 people below age 65, the county had about 2,455 who didn’t have health insurance. That’s 23.5 percent.
The only counties topping it were Casey and Monroe.
Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield noted that Todd has a fairly high number of people who are self-employed. Many don’t get health insurance from their companies and can’t afford to buy it independently, he said.
But on the other hand, a large share of the population commutes to Christian or Logan counties or to
for jobs, he said. So the self-employed workers don’t by themselves explain the
high rate. Clarksville, Tenn.
“I don’t know exactly why it’d be that much higher than other counties around,” he said.
The census bureau released these figures last week. They include estimates of health insurance coverage for every county in the
and users can get additional information on the breakdown by age and income
Kentucky’s 120 counties, Christian’s
uninsured rate ranked 97th. Out of roughly 61,557 people who were not senior
citizens, about 10,759 in this county lacked health insurance. This makes a
percentage of 17.5.
Trigg’s uninsured rate ranked 24th. Of 11,531 people, about 2,410 didn’t have insurance. That’s a percentage of 20.9.
These figures exclude senior citizens because they typically qualify for Medicare. However, the figures don’t distinguish between people who simply can’t afford insurance and those who choose not to buy it. Sometimes the distinction between those two groups gets blurry.
In general, Todd’s unemployment rate didn’t stand out from other
counties during 2010. That year it averaged an unemployment rate of 10.6
percent, compared to 12 percent in Christian
County and 11.7 percent in . Trigg County
Counties whose economies depend on agriculture often have high uninsured rates, because so many farming jobs don’t come with employer-sponsored health plans. But the census bureau recorded fewer than 19 farming jobs in
in 2010. Todd
By contrast, 292 residents reported that they had manufacturing jobs in
and 226 said they worked in health care or “social assistance.” Todd County
The state government has a chance to expand the Medicaid program as part of the Affordable Care Act. The federal government would foot most — but not all — of the bill.
If it takes the expansion, roughly 1,170 poor
don’t have insurance would likely qualify for Medicaid. (This doesn’t account
for changes since 2010.) All of those uninsured people fall below 138 percent
of the federal poverty line. Todd
Another 1,083 people in Trigg and 5,190 in Christian would qualify, according to the census data.
The New Era could not reach Jen Harris, director of the Todd County Health Department, for comment.