Health care is a top issue for voters in the 2020 election. Polling indicates voter concerns range from the high cost of health coverage and prescription drugs, to protections for people with pre-existing conditions, to women’s health issues.
To understand the health care landscape in which the 2020 election policy debates will unfold, these state health care snapshots provide data across a variety of health policy subjects, including health care costs, health coverage—Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance—and the uninsured, women’s health, health status, and access to care. They also describe each state’s political environment.
Population and Income
- Pennsylvania was the 6th largest state, with a population of 12,388,100 in 2018.
- 27.8% of Pennsylvania residents had incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) in 2018, which was smaller than the US share (30.4%).
- 96.7% of Pennsylvania residents were US citizens in 2018, higher than the US overall (93.2%).