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Current Health Insurance

Parents were asked if their child currently had any kind of health insurance, including HMOs or government plans such as Medicaid. Overall, 90.9 percent of children had health insurance coverage: 61.8 percent of children had private health insurance coverage, 29.1 percent had public coverage, and 9.2 percent were uninsured. The proportion of children reported to have current health insurance varies substantially, however, by race and ethnicity and family income.

Nearly 94 percent of White, multiracial, and children of other races had current health insurance. More than 91 percent of Black children also had current coverage, while Hispanic children were least likely to have had insurance (81.1 percent).

Children in low-income households were less likely to have current health insurance than children in households with higher incomes. About 85 percent of children with household incomes below 200 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL) had current health insurance, compared to 92.4 percent of children with household incomes between 200 and 399 percent of FPL, and 96.5 percent of children with household incomes of 400 percent or more of the FPL.


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