A picture of Health a profile of the Health of Santa Fe County at the Beginning of the 21st Century
B. Values and Operating Principles of the HPC
The values and operating principles of the HPC, as formulated in December 1999, are as follows:
C. Report Overview
Given a vision and mission to improve health status with an emphasis on increasing access, this report is intended to provide data and other information in response to the following critical concerns:
It should be noted that this report is intended as a starting point; it is not something that should be considered “finished.” Rather, it is anticipated that a number of individuals, groups, and agencies will continue to contribute to it and that it will evolve over time. In fact, it should not be “finished” until we achieve 100% access and overall health improvement.
II. What Are the Access Issues in Our Community?
A. Lack of Health Insurance Coverage While various data sources quote different statistics, it is probably safe to say that somewhere around 20% to 25% of the population of Santa Fe County is uninsured. Given a current County population of 129,292, that amounts to over 25,000 uninsured people!
The Sangre de Cristo Community Health Partnership, in their application for HRSA Community Access Program (CAP) funds, stated that 22.7% of the population in the eight county area they serve are uninsured and underinsured.
Although discussing New Mexico as a whole, and not specifically Santa Fe County, the Kids Count 2001 Data Book quotes the US Census Bureau, which estimates that 25.8% of New Mexicans lacked health insurance in 1999, and despite the availability of Medicaid, 27.7% of New Mexico’s children remained uninsured. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation website, in 1998 only 48% of private sector establishments in New Mexico offered health insurance to employees, compared to 55% nationally. This same source reports 23% of New Mexico’s population is uninsured, compared to 16% nationally.
Finally, many persons who do have some health insurance coverage, especially that provided to low-wage workers by employers, have limits in terms of what is covered. In addition, these plans often require a prohibitively high degree of employee cost-sharing.
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