March is amongst the busiest months in the year for medical professionals consultations. Combine that with what’s expected to be a”ruthless”allergy season for Alabama, and there’s likely to be a great deal of coughing and sneezing in the state’s near future.
If that coughing and sneezing develop into a check out to the physician – and you do not have insurance coverage-that might be hard on the wallet. One in 10 Alabamians doesn’t have medical insurance, according to data from the U.S Census Bureau. For some parts of the state, the number is even
Escambia County, near the Florida panhandle, and Sumter County, on the Mississippi border, have the highest uninsured rate in the state. More than 15 percent of individuals in those 2 counties do not have medical insurance In all, 39 of Alabama’s 67 counties have an uninsured rate of 10 percent or more. The nationwide average in 9.4 percent. Alabama’s 10 percent mark ranks 17th in the country. It’s one of just 18 states with an uninsured mark 10 percent or higher.
Shelby County, one of the most affluent counties in Alabama and home to many affluent suburbs south of Birmingham, had the most affordable uninsured rate in the state at simply 6.8 percent.