How Does Uninsurance Vary among Asian American/Pacific Islander Children?

Fact Sheet

How Does Uninsurance Vary among Asian American/Pacific Islander Children?

Abstract

In this fact sheet, we use 2018–19 American Community Survey data to examine uninsurance rates among non-Hispanic children who are Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) by national origin. AAPI children’s 3.5 percent uninsurance rate in 2018–19 was lower than that for children overall, but it conceals variation by national origin. For instance, Korean and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander children’s uninsurance rates (6.7 and 6.5 percent) were more than twice those of Hmong (2.8 percent), Indian (2.6 percent), Laotian (2.3 percent), and Indonesian (2.2 percent) children. Uninsurance rates were higher and more varied among AAPI children in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Assumptions that few AAPI children face elevated risks of being uninsured are unwarranted given the higher uninsurance rates among such children in lower-income families and those in some national-origin subgroups.

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