6% of Kids in America Lack Health Insurance

Posted October 19, 2015
KIDSCOUNT REV Uninsurance Rateblog Oct202015

From 2008 to 2014, the num­ber of unin­sured chil­dren in Amer­i­ca fell by 40% — from 7.3 mil­lion to 4.4 mil­lion. Dur­ing this same time frame, the per­cent­age of kids with­out health insur­ance fell across all racial and eth­nic cat­e­gories. Three groups — blacks, Lati­nos and Amer­i­can Indi­ans — expe­ri­enced the most dra­mat­ic drops on this front.

Despite these improve­ments, 14% of Amer­i­can Indi­an kids and 10% of Lati­no kids still lacked health insur­ance in 2014. Chil­dren from these two groups were also more like­ly to be unin­sured rel­a­tive to peers of oth­er racial and eth­nic groups. Experts attribute the over­all, extend­ed drop in unin­sured rates among kids to expand­ed pub­lic health cov­er­age. At the same time, employ­er-spon­sored health insur­ance remains elu­sive for many low-wage and part-time adult work­ers in Amer­i­ca, and full-time work­ers have also seen sub­stan­tial cuts in employ­er-spon­sored health insur­ance ben­e­fits, accord­ing to recent research.

Explore more health insur­ance sta­tis­tics — at the nation­al and state lev­el — in the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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