Parents of CSHCN were asked what type of insurance their child had at the time of the interview. Overall, almost 97 percent of CSHCN were reported to have some type of insurance at the time of the interview: 59 percent had private insurance, which includes insurance provided through an employer or union or obtained directly from an insurance company, and 28 percent had public insurance, such as Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), military health care (TRICARE, CHAMPUS, or CHAMP-VA). A small percentage (2.0 percent) had another form of comprehensive insurance. Another 7.4 percent of CSHCN had both private and public insurance, and 3.5 percent were uninsured at the time of the interview.
Compared to 2001, a smaller percentage of CSHCN were reported to have private coverage (65 percent in 2001 compared to 59 percent in 2005–2006), and a higher percentage were reported to have public coverage (22 percent in 2001 versus 28 percent in 2005–2006).