Latino Children’s Coverage Reaches Historic High, But Too Many Remain Uninsured

Publication date: 
December 2016
Latino Children’s Coverage Reaches Historic High, But Too Many Remain Uninsured

This 15-page report's key findings included:

Latino children’s coverage rates improved to a historic high of 92.5 percent in the second year after the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage provisions took effect. The number of uninsured Latino children declined by approximately 676,000, from 2 million in 2013 to 1.4 million in 2015. In this same time period, the uninsurance rate for Latino children dropped from 11.5 percent to 7.5 percent.

Despite these gains, health coverage inequities remain. In 2015, the uninsurance rate for Latino children (7.5 percent) was higher than the rate for all children (4.8 percent). Latino children also made up a disproportionate share of the children who remained uninsured, representing about 25 percent of all children, but 39 percent of uninsured children.

More than two-thirds of all uninsured Latino children lived in just six states. More than 800,000 uninsured Latino children reside in Texas, California, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, and New Jersey. Yet, all of these states had a statistically significant decline in both the number and rate of uninsured Latino children from 2013 to 2015.

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