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Stringer: Many in areas of Brooklyn and Queens lack health insurance

November 12, 2015 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The top uninsured neighborhoods in New York City include 1. Sunnyside/Woodside, 2. Jackson Heights, 3. Elmhurst/Corona, 4. Bushwick, 5. Flushing, 6. Mott Haven/Hunts Point, 7. University Heights, 8. Concourse/Highbridge, 9. Sunset Park, and 10. Astoria. Map courtesy of the Office of the Comptroller
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In some New York City neighborhoods, almost a quarter of residents lack health insurance.

That was one of the unsettling details uncovered in a district-by-district analysis by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. The analysis, released on Monday, highlights the disparity between neighborhoods across the city when it comes to the rates of insurance coverage.

On average, slightly more than 10 percent of Brooklynites lack health insurance. The citywide average is 11.4 percent, or 962,000 residents.

But in some sections of Brooklyn and Queens, the rate of uninsured New Yorkers can soar to as high as 22 percent, Stringer’s analysis showed.

While only 5.7 percent of Park Slope residents lack health insurance, the rate is 22 percent in Bushwick, where more than 30,000 people lack insurance.

Sunset Park, with 16.3 percent of residents (24,503) lacking insurance, is another Brooklyn neighborhood that concerns Stringer.

In the combined District 2 neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights and Fort Greene, 9.5 (13,074) percent lack insurance.

Stringer published his analysis on this date to coincide with the beginning of the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, which runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 for coverage to begin on Jan. 1, 2016. (Enrollment will remain open through Jan. 31, 2015 for coverage to begin March 1, 2016.)

“Close to one million New York City residents lack even the most basic health coverage,” Stringer said in a statement. “The situation is particularly dire in neighborhoods with large immigrant and younger populations like Jackson Heights, Corona and Bushwick, where close to one in four New Yorkers don’t have health insurance.”

He added, “We want to get the word out: with the Affordable Care Act in place, getting health insurance is easier and more affordable than ever.”

The Queens districts with the highest rates of uninsured residents include Sunnyside/Woodside, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst/Corona, Flushing and Astoria.

In the Bronx, Mott Haven/Hunts Point, University Heights and Concourse/High Bridge had high levels of uninsured residents.

All community district information can be found at


Brooklyn Uninsured by District/Neighborhood

Brownsville (BK 16):  12.3 percent uninsured

Crown Heights North (BK 08): 12.2 percent uninsured

Flatbush/Midwood (BK 14): 11.8 percent uninsured

Crown Heights South (BK 09): 11.8 percent uninsured

East Flatbush (BK 17): 11.2 percent

Bensonhurst (BK 11): 11.2 percent uninsured

Bay Ridge (BK 10): 10.4 percent uninsured

Sheepshead Bay: 10 percent uninsured

Coney Island (BK 13): 9.8 percent

Williamsburg/Greenpoint (BK 01): 9.6 percent

Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights (Bk 02): 9.5 percent uninsured

Borough Park (BK 12): 9 percent

Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bk 03): 8.9 percent

East New York (Bk 05): 8.8 percent

Canarsie (BK 18): 8.7 percent

Park Slope (BK 06): 5.7 percent uninsured

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