Children's health insurance coverage by type in New Hampshire

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Why This Indicator Matters

As a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other public health insurance programs that help low-income children, like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the share of children who are uninsured has dropped dramatically over the last decade. In 2008, 9.9 percent of children across the country were uninsured, compared to 4.8 percent by 2015 (Staley, 2015). As federal discussions around the ACA, Medicaid expansion, and CHIP continue, it is important to consider the large share of children who benefit substantially from these programs. Further, it is commonly assumed that full-time employment is a ticket to private health insurance coverage. Recent research, however, documents that this is not necessarily the case, as just one-third (33 percent) of workers at the low-end of the income spectrum who were employed full time over the past year had employer based health insurance (Carson, 2018).
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Definitions: Children's health insurance by type.

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (2016). “Types of Health Insurance Coverage by Age.” 

Definitions and findings references:
Carson, Jessica (2018). “Full-Time Employment Not Always a Ticket to Health Insurance.” Carsey School of Public Policy.
Staley, Michael (2017). “More Than 95 Percent of U.S. Children Had Health Insurance in 2015.” Carsey School of Public Policy.


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Note: All differences discussed in this text are statistically significant (p<.05).