Health insurance coverage affects how people use health care services. According to the Institute of Medicine, health insurance status is the single most important influence in determining whether health care is accessible to children when they need it. Additionally, uninsured women receive fewer prenatal services and report greater difficulty in obtaining needed care than women with insurance. The uninsured are less likely to have a usual source of medical care and more likely to delay or forgo needed health care services.
| ||During 2010-2012 (average), about 1 in 4 women of childbearing age (25.1%) was uninsured in Mississippi.|
| ||During 2010-2012 (average), about 1 in 9 children less than 19 years of age (10.8%) was uninsured in Mississippi.|
| ||According to the latest survey from the National Governor's Association, 61.0% of births in Mississippi were covered under Medicaid in 2006.|
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Data collected by the National Governors Association, August 2010 - October 2010.
US Census Bureau. Data prepared for the March of Dimes using the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements.
Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. 2002. Health Insurance Coverage in America: 2000 Data Update. Washington, D.C.
Institute of Medicine. 1998. America's Children: Health Insurance and Access to Care. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.
Bernstein, A. 1999. Insurance Status and Use of health Services by Pregnant Women. March of Dimes.
Institute of Medicine. 2002. Health Insurance Is a Family Matter. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.
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