Jackson Heights, Queens

Jackson Heights is often referred to as NYC’s most diverse neighborhood. Demographically, it is 64% Hispanic, with many identifying as Colombian, Mexican, Peruvian and Bolivian, and 17% Asian, with strong ties to Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India. Over 60% of Jackson Heights residents were born outside of the US, compared to 37% of New Yorkers.


But when it comes to segregation from access healthcare, the neighborhood ranks number one in New York City. Over 28% of Jackson Heights residents over the age of 18 report not having insurance. By contrast, 3% of residents of Stuyvesant Town and Turtle Bay and the Upper East Side are uninsured.


The high rates of uninsured in Jackson Heights are strongly linked to race and immigration status and mirror a national trend. Immigrants throughout the US are much less likely to have health insurance than US-born individuals. This is often due to language and cultural barriers, lower rates of employer-sponsored insurance, and restrictions in eligibility. Among all groups, Hispanics have the highest rates of uninsurance.

While the Affordable Care Act was successful in expanding health insurance to around 20 million, all undocumented immigrants in the US (approximately 11 million) were excluded from its provisions.


In August 2019, Mayor de Blasio launched a new program to provide access to primary care for the estimated 600,000 New Yorkers who do not have health insurance, including undocumented immigrants.


No Health Insurance

Percentage of adults ages 18 and older who report not having health insurance coverage.

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