Children's Health Insurance
 
 

9.8 million children under the age of 18 had no health insurance at any time in 1995; this
is 13.8 percent of all children. Statistically, these estimates are similar to the 1994
estimates of 10.0 million and 14.2 percent, respectively.

Uninsured rates for children by age group were not statistically different in 1995--13.3
percent of children less than 6, 13.5 percent of children 6 to 11, and 14.5 percent of those
12 to 17.

Hispanic children were far less likely to have health insurance than White or Black
children, and Black children were less likely to have health insurance than White children:
26.8 percent of Hispanic children were without health insurance in 1995, 15.3 percent
of Black children, and 13.4 percent of White children.

In 1995, 66.1 percent of all children were covered by a privately purchased or
employment-based health plan.

Nearly 1 out of every 4 children was covered by Medicaid in 1995--23.2 percent of all
children or 16.5 million.

Older children are less likely to have Medicaid coverage. Percentages of children
covered by Medicaid in 1995, by age group were: 29.6 percent of children less than 6,
22.6 percent of children between 6 and 11, and 17.2 percent of children 12 to 17.

Significantly more Black and Hispanic children than White children were covered by
Medicaid in 1995--45.4 percent of Black children, 37.4 percent of Hispanic children, and
18.3 percent of White children.

3.1 million (or 21.4 percent of) poor children were without health insurance in 1995.
Poor children comprised one-third of all uninsured children in 1995 (32.0 percent).

Over a 28-month period during 1992 to 1994, 30.0 percent of all children under the age of
18 lacked health insurance for at least 1 of the 28 months (20.4 million). 4.1 percent or
2.8 million children were uninsured for the entire 28-month period.

Contact the Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division
at 301-457-3242 or mail to hhes-info@census.gov for further information.