The Citizen - Page 16

P a g e | 16 Health The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed the system of health care in the United States with the requirement that all Americans have health insurance, as well as the provision that no one can be denied due to pre-existing conditions.1 And while Sangamon County ranks first among all the 102 Illinois counties in terms of access to care2 (2015 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps), having access to care has not always translated to people being able to receive health care. The results of the 2015 Sangamon County Citizen survey indicate an increase in the rates of insured residents as well as those who report having a primary care physician. Eighty-nine percent of residents now report having a primary health care provider (PCP). This is up three percentage points from the 2013 survey. But maybe even more significant, 96 percent of those surveyed report having health insurance coverage. This is up almost seven percentage points from the 2013 survey. In addition, the percent of Sangamon County residents who report that there have been times in the past 12 months when they did not have enough money to pay for health care or medicines decreased from 21 percent in 2013 to 15 percent in 2015.The figure depicts the results of the 2013 survey, the 2015 survey, as well as the most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey (BRFSS). 1 100% Illinois' Changing Health Care System 96% 95% 90% 91% 89% 86% 85% 80% 84% 80% 75% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% Residents who have a PCP Residents with health insurance 2015 Sangamon County Citizen Survey 2013 Illinois BRFSS 2013 Sangamon Sangamon County Citizen Survey 96% of Sangamon County residents report having health insurance coverage. Data is available at: (http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/law/) Data is available at (http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/illinois/2015/rankings/sangamon/county/outcomes/overall/snapshot) 2