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

Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau examining health insurance coverage rates in 2015 found that, during the 2013-2015 period, the U.S. experienced the largest two-year decline in uninsurance rates for all children on record. The uninsurance rate for all children declined from 7.1 percent in 2013 to 4.8 percent in 2015.

During the two-year period 2013-2015, Latino children’s uninsurance rates experienced the largest two-year decline on record; this decline coincided with the implementation of most of the coverage provisions of the ACA. These provisions included a requirement that states maintain their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility levels for children. The uninsurance rate for Latino children declined from 11.5 percent to 7.5 percent during this time period, a faster rate of decline than that experienced by all children. Approximately 676,000 Latino children gained health insurance coverage during the time period 2013 to 2015.

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Previous versions of the Latino Children’s Coverage report were published in January 2016 and November 2014.