Brief Racial Disparities in Uninsurance among New Mothers Following the Affordable Care Act
Emily M. Johnston, Stacey McMorrow, Tyler Thomas, Genevieve M. Kenney
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In this brief, we use American Community Survey data from 2010 to 2017 to examine trends in uninsurance among non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic women who reported giving birth in the past 12 months. We find that uninsurance among new mothers fell between 2010 and 2017 for all three groups. Despite coverage gains, nearly half a million new mothers remained uninsured in the United States in 2017. Finally, coverage disparities remained in 2017: uninsurance rates were 24.4 percent for Hispanic new mothers, 12.1 percent for black new mothers, and 7.0 percent for white new mothers.
Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Health insurance Maternal, child, and reproductive health Inequality and mobility
Policy Centers Health Policy Center