For detailed demographic information about Virginians without health insurance, there is no better resource than the Foundation’s Profile of Virginia’s Uninsured, mostly recently completed in March 2021. This in-depth analysis provides detailed data about uninsured Virginians:  household income, employment status, residency, race and ethnicity, age and citizenship.

The data presented in the 2021 report (2019 American Community Survey, US Census) were collected continually throughout 2019, the first year of Medicaid Expansion in Virginia. As a result, the report reflects a picture of an incremental increase in the number of Virginians with health insurance over the course of the year, rather than a cumulative total at the end of 2019. This is the same approach used in previous 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%) — 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 state and national resources on health coverage include:

Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS): DMAS administers Virginia’s Medicaid program, providing access to comprehensive health care for 1.8 million Virginians (medical, dental and behavioral health services).

  • For more information about eligibility and how to apply, visit CoverVA.
  • The Expansion Dashboard provides up-to-date information on Virginians enrolled in the new adult health coverage, which became effective January 1, 2019.
  • The Access Dashboard provides a snapshot of utilization of health services by adult Virginians enrolled in the new adult coverage.
  • The Medicaid/FAMIS Enrollment Dashboard provides details about enrollment in all of Virginia’s state-sponsored health insurance programs.

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 for working Americans. 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 October 7, 2021