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Quick Facts: Health Insurance/Income

Health insurance coverage affects how easily and how often people use health care services. Individuals with inconsistent or no health insurance might not receive the services they need to prevent or treat health problems. Uninsured women have a harder time getting the health care they need before, during and after pregnancy compared to insured women, and this can negatively impact their health and the health of their babies. Government services like Medicaid provide some uninsured women and children with access to critical health services.

• In the United States, 1 in 8 women of childbearing age (ages 15-44) was uninsured in 2015. This rate (12.8%) was a 34.7% decrease from the rate in 2008 (19.6%).
• In 2015, women of childbearing age accounted for 26.2% of all uninsured Americans.
• In 2015, nearly 4.0 million (5.1%) of the nation's 78.1 million children under 19 were uninsured - a 47.4% decrease in the rate of uninsured children from 2008.
• Medicaid continues to be an important source of health insurance for children. In 2015, 39.0% of those under age 19 were covered through Medicaid.
• Medicaid was the principal source of payment for delivery costs for 43.3% of live births in the United States in 2015.
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  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • IPUMS-USA, University of Minnesota, www.ipums.org. American Community Survey, US Census Bureau.
  • D'Angelo and others. 2015. "Patterns of Health Insurance Coverage around the Time of Pregnancy among Women with Live-Born Infants - Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, 29 States, 20009." MMWR. 64(SS04): 1-19.
  • Retrieved August 22, 2017, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.