Race, Ethnicity and Health

Snapshots of America’s Families III

By Urban Institute

March 28, 2004


This snapshot uses national survey results to analyze how health insurance coverage rates and health status responses differ by race and ethnicity. It finds that disparities still persist — and that Hispanic kids are faring markedly worse than both their black and white peers.

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Key Takeaway

When it comes to health issues, Hispanic kids face a rougher road than their black or white peers

In 2002, approximately 570,000 kids lacked health insurance and were reported to be in fair or poor health. Most of these kids — upwards of 66% — were Hispanic, despite Hispanic children representing less than 20% of all kids in America.

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