Proportion of American Parents Without Health Insurance Hits Five-Year Low

Posted February 3, 2017, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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In 2015, 12% of all par­ents — 7 mil­lion Amer­i­cans — lacked health insur­ance. This rate has steadi­ly improved since 2010, when 18% of all par­ents lacked health insur­ance. The Afford­able Care Act, signed in 2010, is attrib­uted to the increased rates of parental insur­ance coverage.

Unin­sured rates for par­ents vary from state to state. In Texas — the state where par­ents are most­ly like­ly to lack health insur­ance — the unin­sured rate is 24%. At the oth­er end of the spec­trum sits Mass­a­chu­setts, where just 2% of par­ents lack health insur­ance. Hawaii and Ver­mont are tied for a close sec­ond, with parental unin­sured rates of 3%.

Today, in Amer­i­ca, 11 mil­lion chil­dren live in fam­i­lies with unin­sured par­ents. These fam­i­lies often incur debt or cut back on neces­si­ties to pay for med­ical care. Fur­ther­more, a lack of health insur­ance can neg­a­tive­ly impact a child’s devel­op­ment, over­all health and education.

Research also tells us that when a par­ent lacks health insur­ance, their chil­dren are more like­ly to lack health insurance.

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

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