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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 1, 2013

More Children Have Health Coverage, Especially Public Coverage

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(17):1766. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4334

During the past 15 years, the percentage of US children without health insurance has been cut in half, according to data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

Figures in the 2012 NHIS show that 6.6% of children were uninsured during the first 9 months of 2012 compared with 13.9% in 1997—a 52% decrease. The percentage of children who were uninsured for more than a year decreased by 56%, from 8.4% in 1997 to 3.7% in the first 9 months of 2012. However, the data show that more than twice as many children now rely on public health coverage. In 1988, 20% of children had public coverage compared with 42% in the first 9 months of 2012.

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