Children with health insurance, whether public or private, are more likely than children without insurance to have a regular and accessible source of health care. The percentage of children who have health insurance coverage for at least part of the year is one measure of the extent to which families can obtain preventive care or health care for a sick or injured child.
NOTE: Public health insurance for children consists primarily of Medicaid, but also includes Medicare, Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), and Tricare, the health benefit program for members of the armed forces and their dependents. Estimates beginning in 1999 include follow-up questions to verify health insurance status. Children are considered to be covered by health insurance if they had public or private coverage any time during the year. The data from 1996 to 1999 have been revised since initially published. For more information, see http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/data/usernote/index.html. The data for 1999 through 2009 were revised to reflect the results of enhancements to the editing process. See http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/data/usernote/index.html. Implementation of Census 2010-based population controls began in 2010.
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, unpublished tables from the Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplements.
2 Federal surveys now give respondents the option of reporting more than one race. Therefore, two basic ways of defining a race group are possible. A group such as Black may be defined as those who reported Black and no other race (the race-alone or single-race concept) or as those who reported Black regardless of whether they also reported another race (the race-alone or- in-combination concept). This indicator shows data using the first approach (race-alone). Use of the single-race population does not imply that it is the preferred method of presenting or analyzing data. The U.S. Census Bureau uses a variety of approaches. Data on race and Hispanic origin are collected separately. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
41 DeNavas-Walt, C., Proctor, B.D., and Smith, J.C. (2012, September). Income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United States: 2011 (Current Population Reports, P60-243). Washington, DC: U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved from http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/p60-243.pdf.