NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


July 12, 2004

The percentage of uninsured children decreased to the lowest recorded level ever in 2003, according to an annual survey released by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The survey found that:

  • Some 10.1 percent of children interviewed in 2001 were uninsured, compared with 13.9 percent in 1997.
  • The percentage of children without insurance for part of the year fell to 13.7 percent in 2003 from 18.1 percent in 1997.
  • The share of children without any insurance for more than one year dropped from 8.4 percent in 1997 to 5.3 percent in 2003.

CDC officials attribute the results to improved funding for public coverage under programs like the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

Source: Robin A. Cohen and Zakia Coriaty-Nelson, "Health Insurance Coverage: Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2003," National Center for Health Statistics, June 30, 2004.

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