Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 1997. Economic Security Risk Factor 10. Health Insurance

10/01/1997

A lack of health insurance may be the precursor to future health problems and as such a risk-factor of dependence.

Figure ECON 10. Percent of Persons Without Health Insurance by Age, 1996

Figure ECON 10. Percent of Persons Without Health Insurance by Age, 1996

 

  • Among all age categories, young adults age 18 to 24 were the most likely to be without health insurance in 1996 (29 percent).
  • Sixteen percent of the population was without health insurance in 1996 as shown in Table ECON 10.
  • Table ECON 10 also shows that among racial groups, a much larger percentage of Hispanics were without health insurance (34 percent) than non-Hispanic whites (12 percent) or non-Hispanic blacks (22 percent).

Table ECON 10. Percent of Persons Without Health Insurance by Age, 1996

Category Percent
All Persons 16
   
Non-Hispanic White 12
Non-Hispanic Black 22
Hispanic 34
Other 21
   
Children 0 - 5 14
Children 6 - 8 14
Children 9 - 11 15
Children 12 - 14 16
Children 15 - 17 17
Total 0 - 17 15
   
Adults 18 - 24 29
Adults 25 - 34 22
Adults 35 - 44 16
Adults 45 - 54 14
Adults 55 - 64 14
   
Women Age 18 - 64 14
Men Age 18 - 64 18
   
Adults Age 65 and over 1

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, March Current Population Survey, 1997.