DefinitionThe percentage of New Mexicans who are unable to get needed care because of cost at the time of the survey.
NumeratorNumber of persons in the survey sample who were in the given category (e.g., unable to get needed care because of cost or able to get care because of cost) at the time of the survey.
DenominatorTotal number of persons in the survey sample who responded to the question.
Data Interpretation IssuesData for this indicator report are from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing survey of adults regarding their health-related behaviors, health conditions, and preventive services. Data are collected in all 50 states, D.C., and U.S. territories. Responses have been weighted to reflect the New Mexico adult population by age, sex, ethnicity, geographic region, marital status, education level, home ownership and type of phone ownership.
The survey is conducted using scientific telephone survey methods for landline and cellular phones (with cellular since 2011). The landline phone portion of the survey excludes adults living in group quarters such as college dormitories, nursing homes, military barracks, and prisons. The cellular phone portion of the survey includes adult students living in college dormitories but excludes other group quarters.
Beginning with 2011, the BRFSS updated its surveillance methods by adding in calls to cell phones and changing its weighting methods. These changes improve BRFSS' ability to take into account the increasing proportion of U.S. adults using only cellular telephones as well as to adjust survey data to improve the representativeness of the estimates generated from the survey. Results have been adjusted for the probability of selection of the respondent, and have been weighted to the adult population by age, gender, phone type, detailed race/ethnicity, renter/owner, education, marital status, and geographic area. Lastly and importantly, these changes mean that the data from years prior to 2011 are not directly comparable to data from 2011 and beyond. Please see the [https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/view/docs/Query/BRFSS/BRFSS_fact_sheet_Aug2012.pdf BRFSS Method Change Factsheet].
The "missing" and "don't know" responses are removed before calculating a percentage.
Why Is This Important?Lack of health insurance coverage has been associated with increased risk of chronic disease and mortality. People who forgo needed health care services may be more likely to succumb to preventable illnesses and to suffer complications from those illnesses, and possibly be more likely to die prematurely.
How Are We Doing?The percentage of adults who could not get health care due to cost decreased from 19.2% in 2011 to 13.8% 2017.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The percentage of adults who could not get health care due to cost was higher in New Mexico than in the U.S. New Mexico ranked 34th among all states (Iowa ranked #1 with only 7.9% unable to get needed care, and Texas ranked #50 with 19.6%).
What Is Being Done?New Mexico has benefited from the Affordable Care Act and our state's use of federal Medicaid incentives to get more New Mexicans covered by health insurance.