This brief uses data from the American Community Survey to estimate children’s health insurance coverage from 2008–2013 across the United States as well as by region, place type, and type of coverage. Author Michael Staley reports that decreases in rates of private insurance coverage among children were offset by increases in rates of coverage by public insurance in 2013, keeping national coverage stable at 92.9 percent. Rates rose in the West, continuing a trend since 2008. However, at 91 percent, rates among children there are still lower than in the Northeast and Midwest, where rates have stabilized above 94 percent. In addition, children in rural places are less likely to have insurance than children in central cities or suburbs. Staley concludes that state-level policy changes that are aimed at increasing the number of insured children may be the most effective at increasing the overall number of children insured nationally.

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Spring 6-9-2015


National Issue Brief No. 82


Durham, N.H. : Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire

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