Children’s Health Coverage Rate Now at Historic High of 95 Percent

Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau examining health insurance coverage rates in 2015 find that, for the period 2013-2015, children’s uninsured levels experienced the largest two year decline on record; this decline coincided with the implementation of most of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. saw the rate of uninsured children decline from 7.1 percent to 4.8 percent during this time period (See Figure 1). Many studies have concluded that the recent large declines in uninsurance are attributable to the Affordable Care Act. The number of uninsured children in the U.S. has been cut almost in half since 2008, a time period when both the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) and the Affordable Care Act were enacted.

Researchers at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families publish this report on uninsured children annually and are available on this website: September 2017October 2015November 2014November 2013October 2012  and November 2011.