The Uninsured in the March 1997 Current Population Survey. Summary


  • In the following charts, one theme is dominant. Those persons who are otherwise in need tend also to be without health insurance.
  • The message in these charts is much the same as that in the charts on the distribution of the uninsured.
  • About a third of Hispanics were without health insurance in 1996.
  • 42% of non-Citizens were uninsured.
  • Almost a third of persons in poverty and a quarter of persons near poverty were uninsured.
  • A quarter of adults who had completed less than the ninth grade and a fifth of those who had completed grades nine to 12 were uninsured.
  • Living in a nuclear family seems to encourage or allow persons to be insured. Divorced, separated, and never married persons have high probabilities of being uninsured.
  • Persons living in the South and West have high probabilities of being uninsured.
  • Even those clearly not in need, however, included uninsured persons.
  • 6% of Persons with family incomes of five times poverty or higher were uninsured.
  • 8% of college graduates or persons with graduate training were uninsured.