Report Highlights Bi-State Regional Health Issues

July 1, 2013  |  Foundation News

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The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) prepared a Regional Health Assessment for the REACH Foundation that analyzed health and social conditions of uninsured and other vulnerable populations in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The report, published June 2013, updates a health data assessment originally prepared for REACH in 2010.

The health care coverage and health conditions analysis focuses on two overlapping areas:  the REACH Foundation’s six-county service area and the MARC region, which includes five additional counties in Kansas and Missouri, for a total of 11 counties.

Among the key findings:

  • In 2011, almost 260,000 people in the report area were living below the federal poverty level (FPL). More than 587,000 were below 200 percent of FPL.
  • In percentage terms, poverty is growing more rapidly in suburban areas. Between 2000 and 2011, the population below 100 percent FPL grew by 146 percent in Cass County and 135 percent in Johnson County – the highest growth rates in the region. A good deal of the change occurred after 2008 in conjunction with the recession.
  • In 2008, 12.4 percent of the population in the REACH/MARC region was uninsured; by 2011 this figure had increased to 13.6 percent, or 265,938 individuals.

Review the report