Health Insurance Coverage for Women of Reproductive Age, 2013–2016

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Health Insurance Coverage for Women of Reproductive Age, 2013–2016

Abstract

In this chartbook, we report changes in uninsurance among women of reproductive age (15 to 44) from 2013 to 2016 using data from the American Community Survey. We find that the uninsurance rate among women of reproductive age fell from 20.3 percent in 2013 to 11.6 percent in 2016 and that women of all ages, family structures, races and ethnicities, citizenship status, educational attainment, employment status, and incomes gained coverage over this period. Despite these gains, women of color, single mothers, noncitizens, and women with low incomes or a high school education or less still had higher rates of uninsurance in 2016.

This brief was corrected July 24, 2019. The earlier version inaccurately stated that our definition of American Indian/Alaska Native women excluded Hispanic women and those who reported multiple races. In addition, our reported estimates for an alternative analysis that treated Indian Health Service coverage as insurance were incorrect. The correct definition of American Indian/Alaska Native is all women who report that race, including those who report multiple races and those who report Hispanic ethnicity. The notes for figure 3 and tables 2 and 4 have been updated to reflect the corrected definitions and estimates. 

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