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Children age 17 and below without health insurance in United States

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Why This Indicator Matters

Children without health insurance coverage are less likely than insured children to have a regular health care provider and to receive care when they need it. They are also more likely to receive treatment after their condition has worsened, putting them at greater risk of hospitalization. Having health insurance can protect families from financial devastation when a child experiences a serious or chronic illness.

This indicator is included in the KIDS COUNT Child Well-Being Index. Read the KIDS COUNT Data Book to learn more:
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Definition and Source



Children under age 18 not covered by any health insurance.
The data are based on health insurance coverage at the time of the survey; interviews are conducted throughout the calendar year. Children receiving health insurance through a variety of State Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP) are counted as having health insurance.

Data Source

Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2008-2016 American Community Survey.

These data are derived from data available in American Fact Finder table C27001 (


Updated September 2017. 

S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points. 

N.A. – Data not available. 

A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at  Children age 17 and below without health insurance.

Last Updated

September 2017