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Comptroller: New York's Uninsured "Declined" to 5%


The population of uninsured New Yorkers has declined to 5.2%, more than 3% below the national average, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The reason for the decline is "public policies," the comptroller wrote in a newly released report.


"Public policies over the last decade have had a significant impact in reducing the number of uninsured people nationally and especially in New York, where the share of those without health insurance declined to 5.2 percent in 2021, well below the national average of 8.6 percent," the report states.


Despite the decline of those without insurance, the comptroller says "some disparities persist" among those without insurance including a greater number of Blacks or African Americans, Asians and Hispanics or Latinos being uninsured at higher rates.


Higher rates of enrollment in New York's public health insurance programs are the leading cause of the state's uninsured numbers dipping, the comptroller states. The state's programs provided coverage to about a quarter of New Yorkers in 2021.

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