R.I. residents without medical health insurance reaches historic low

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THE PERCENTAGE of state residents without medical health insurance has reached its lowest rate ever, in accordance with a preliminary evaluation of the newest Rhode Island Health Insurance Survey released by HealthSource RI Thursday.

PROVIDENCE – The share of state residents without medical health insurance has reached its lowest rate ever, in accordance with a preliminary evaluation of the newest Rhode Island Health Insurance Survey released by HealthSource RI on Thursday. 

The survey found only 2.9% of state residents are uninsured, in comparison with 4% in 2020, the last time the survey was conducted. The total findings are expected to be released in a few weeks. 

“Rhode Island succeeds when our families succeed – and a method that Rhode Island families succeed is once they have access to prime quality, reasonably priced health care,” said Gov. Daniel J. McKee. “I’m proud that our state has achieved its lowest ever uninsured rate. Now, as we proceed to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must proceed to take steps to make sure families proceed to have access.”   

HealthSource RI has conducted five separate surveys since 2012. The 2022 survey was administered via phone to greater than 3,000 households and delivered in English and Spanish. The margin of error on the result’s plus or minus 0.7%. 

In its preliminary evaluation, HealthSource RI noted that only Massachusetts and Vermont have ever recorded a state uninsured rate lower than 3%, in accordance with federally collected data through 2020. Also, WalletHub ranked Rhode Island the most effective state in U.S. for health care in its report released Aug. 1. 

“That is an incredible milestone for Rhode Island, whose insured rates remain considered one of the best within the nation,” said Lindsay Lang, director of HealthSource RI. “Now we must proceed the work required on the state and federal levels to be certain that all Rhode Islanders have sustainable access to the high-quality, reasonably priced health coverage that is important to protecting themselves and their families.”  

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