Navigation Links
Record number of children covered by health insurance in 2011

DURHAM, N.H. A record number of U.S. children were covered by health insurance in 2011, mostly due to substantial increases in the enrollment rates of public insurance, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute brief "Record Number of Children Covered by Health Insurance in 2011" conducted by Michael Staley, a research assistant at the Carsey Institute and a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of New Hampshire.

"The increase in children covered by health insurance likely stems from policies enacted to increase participation in government-sponsored health insurance programs. In addition, we continue to see significant declines in private insurance and increases in public insurance, which reflects the economic and job market of 2011, four years after the beginning of the Great Recession," Staley said.

According to Staley, between 2008 and 2011, the rate of private coverage among children decreased by more than 5 percentage points across the United States, while public rates increased by more than 9 percentage points.

"While unemployment rates have declined since 2008, research shows that some individuals are taking jobs with no health benefits, with health benefits that are not available to dependents, or with unaffordable premiums. Thus, many parents have turned to public programs such as Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) or other state programs," he said.

The key findings are as follows:

  • Rates of insurance coverage for children under age 18 increased from 90 percent in 2008 to 92.5 percent in 2011.

  • With the exception of the Midwest, all regions experienced a modest increase in children's health insurance coverage between 2010 and 2011.

  • Rural places and central cities in the South and West experienced the greatest increases in rates of coverage since 2008.

  • The proportion of children covered by public health insurance increased substantially for the fourth consecutive year in every kind of place rural, suburban, and in central cities.

  • Rates of private insurance coverage among children decreased for the fourth consecutive year.

"As more families turn to public insurance to provide coverage for their children, costs are likely to increase, despite cost-reducing measures required by the Affordable Care Act that go into effect in 2014. Some proposed policy changes would shift a greater proportion of the cost of care back to families, which could be particularly burdensome for low-income families, who may choose to forego care because of higher costs," Staley said.

The complete Carsey Institute report about this research is available at

This analysis is based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates from the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 American Community Survey.


Contact: Michael Staley
University of New Hampshire

Related medicine news :

1. U.S. Teen Births Hit Record Low
2. Flu Season Was One of Mildest on Record, CDC Confirms
3. Qualicode and CellTrak Deliver Integrated Mobile Scheduling and Health Record Solution
4. Van Beek’s Garden Supplies Set to Break Records with Busiest Top Soil Season Ever
5. Study examines use of a natural language processing tool for electronic health records in assessing colonoscopy quality
6. MadgeTech, Inc. Develops Temperature Recorder for Harsh Environments
7. E-Records Linked to Fewer Malpractice Claims
8. Unique program bringing electronic medical record data to ambulances lauded
9. Electronic medical record improves physician compliance of reviewing portal images, study suggests
10. Interactive personal health records increase clinical preventive services
11. NIST issues guidance for pediatric electronic health records
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... An extensive directory ... specialized and only includes chiropractic clinics in the US. , The team at ... health practitioner when back pain sets in. When people are experiencing back and ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... driverless vehicle experience this summer, ushering in a new era of publicly accessible ... and electric shuttle, will continue to offer guests an up-close look at the ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... In an ... festivities, the Word of Life Christian Church of Flint, MI, hosted a family-oriented ... giant 1.25 ton pile of candy dubbed “Candy Mountain”. , A Forever Recovery, ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... across the United States to access life-saving information provided directly from top ... will consist of three individual conferences in three major cities: Houston, San Francisco, ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... During the week of ... raise funds for its research, education, support, and advocacy efforts. The campaign is ... , The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, which also goes by Meso Foundation, holds ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... 30, 2015 North America ... to grow at a CAGR of 7.6% from 2015 to 2020. ... USD 135.6 million in 2014, and is expected to grow at ... According to the new Market Research Report "North America Cardiac Output ... User (Hospitals, ambulatory care, others) - Analysis And Forecast To 2020", ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015  Kevin Smith has ... Healthcare, a global pioneer in wireless monitoring of ... Boston, MA , Mr. Smith will be ... global commercial strategy.  He will also directly oversee ... build clinical evidence for SensiumVitals, the first early ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... and SAN DIEGO , Nov. ... Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA ) today announced that the ... filing the New Drug Application (NDA) for an extended ... formulation will offer patients a chronic weight management treatment ... ) is currently approved as an adjunct to a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: