For detailed demographic information on Virginia’s uninsured, there is no better resource than the VHCF’s latest Profile of Virginia’s Uninsured completed in March 2021. This in-depth analysis of the state’s uninsured provides data on income, employment status, race, ethnicity, age and citizenship. It also provides a snapshot of where the highest concentration of uninsured Virginians live.

The 2019 ACS data were collected continually throughout the year, so these data reflect a picture of an incremental increase over the course of the year, rather than a cumulative total at the end of 2019. This is the same approach used in previous coverage Profiles.

Key findings from this year’s Profile of Virginia’s Uninsured include:

  • 9.3% of Virginians under age 65 are without health insurance – 648,000 uninsured Virginians.
  • 11.2% of Virginians ages 19 to 64 years of age had no health insurance — 559,000 non-elderly adult Virginians.
  • 4.5% of Virginia children (0- 18) had no health insurance (88,000)
  • 6.4% of Virginia children are eligible for Medicaid/FAMIS (46,000). These 46,000 children represented more than 50% of all uninsured children in Virginia. Many (43%) lived in very low income households, ≤100% FPL.
  • Almost half of uninsured Virginia children lived in households earning ≤205% FPL are teens (46%), ages 13 – 18.
  • Most uninsured Virginians were part of working families (82.3%) — more than half (54%) with at least one full time worker.
  • Uninsured Virginians under age 65 represent every population in Virginia: 41.4% are white non-Hispanic, 20.3% are African American/Black, 29.5% are Hispanic, 5.9% are Asian/Pacific Islander and 3% identify themselves as “other” or as a member of multiple racial groups.
  • Since 2010, there has been a 317,000 drop in the number of uninsured adults, ages 19 – 64, of all incomes.
  • Since 2010, there has been a 34,000 decrease in uninsured children living in households earning ≤205% FPL.

In addition to VHCF’s Profile of the Uninsured, other resources on health coverage include:

Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS): DMAS administers the Medicaid program in Virginia, providing access to health care for the most vulnerable. For more information about eligibility and enrollment, visit CoverVA.

  • The Expansion Dashboard provides up-to-date information on new health coverage for adults.
  • The Access Dashboard provides information on utilization of health services by newly-enrolled adult Virginians.
  • The Medicaid/FAMIS Enrollment Dashboard provides details about those enrolled in all of Virginia’s state-sponsored health insurance programs.

The Virginia Health Opportunity Index (HOI): created by the Virginia Department of Health – Office of Health Equity (VDH-OHE), examines how where you live, work and play influences the opportunity to live long, healthy lives.

Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured: The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured provides information and analysis on health care coverage and access for the low-income population, with a special focus on Medicaid’s role and coverage of the uninsured. The Commission’s work is conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation staff under the guidance of a bipartisan group of national leaders and experts in health care and public policy.

Families USA: Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

Last Updated on March 12, 2021