1997 Chartbook on Childrens' Insurance Status . Uninsured Children by Adult's Work Last Year

12/01/1997

The following three charts show the relationship between uninsured children and adult work history in a child's household. The first two charts show the number and percentage distribution of uninsured children by the family adult's work status the previous year. The "Family Adult" is the adult of the household with the most complete work history during the previous year. This person is not necessarily the parent of the child. About 13% of uninsured children have no parent in the household. The third chart shows coverage status by the number of working adults in the family (none, one, or two working adults).

  • 6.5 million children (62%) of the 10.6 million uninsured children, but 45.4 million (75%) of insured children, lived with at least one adult who worked full-time throughout the previous year.
  • 1.6 million (15%) of uninsured children, but 1.9 million (3%) of insured children, lived with a family adult who worked full-time for a portion of the year.
  • 1.1 million (10%) of uninsured children, but 3.8 million (6%) of insured children, lived with a family adult who worked part-time either for a portion or throughout the previous year.
  • 1.4 million (13%) of uninsured children, but 6 million (10%) of insured children lived with a family adult who had no employment or did not live with an adult during the previous year.
  • 87% of uninsured children and 90% of insured children lived with at least one adult with some full or part-time work in the past year.
  • Children with one adult worker in the household were considerably less likely to be uninsured than those with no adult workers (17% vs 45%); only 12% of children with two working adults in the household were uninsured.