This brief looks at current health insurance coverage by race, ethnicity and size of employer, and how the proposed 2009 federal health insurance coverage bill would affect minority uninsured workers.
Differences for Parents by Race and Ethnicity
How health insurance coverage stacks up across racial and ethnic boundaries.
Why the size of the employer could affect the health insurance coverage.
How the proposed health care reform legislation could impact minority workers.
What constitutes a nonstandard job.
Black parents are significantly more likely to have regular employment at a large firm (61%) than white parents (55%).
18% of Latino parents had regular employment at a small firm, compared with 15% of white parents.
When smaller firms do offer health insurance their employees are less likely to take it up than employees of larger firms.
The uninsured rate for whites was 11%; 19% for blacks; and 31% for Latinos at the time of this report.
Most uninsured parents from minority backgrounds are not eligible for public insurance like Medicaid.