Study: Many uninsured children have insured parents

October 22, 2008

More than 2 million US children with no health insurance have at least one parent who receives insurance, as reported in the October 22 JAMA.

More than 2 million US children with no health insurance have at least one parent who receives insurance, as reported in the October 22 JAMA.

The researchers found that 1,380 of 39,588 children and adolescents were uninsured with at least one insured parent. In multivariate analyses of children and adolescents with at least one insured parent, those without insurance were more likely Hispanic than white, from low and middle income families than high income families, and from single-parent homes than from homes with two married parents, and living with parents with less than a high school education than those with at least one parent who had completed a high school education.

In addition, children with parents who had public health coverage were more likely to be insured than those children with parents who reported private health insurance, the researchers reported.