The demographic characteristics of Medicaid-eligible uninsured children

Am J Public Health. 1998 Mar;88(3):445-7. doi: 10.2105/ajph.88.3.445.


Objectives: This study estimated the number of uninsured children in 1993 who were eligible for Medicaid.

Methods: Data from the March 1990 and 1994 Current Population Surveys were analyzed.

Results: At least 2.3 million Medicaid-eligible children were uninsured in 1993. These children were more likely to have a working parent than children on Medicaid. Higher proportions of uninsured children less than 6 years of age, children who lived in female-headed single-parent families, and African-American and Hispanic children were eligible for Medicaid.

Conclusions: Many eligible children do not enroll in Medicaid, and they differ in specific ways from enrolled children.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Eligibility Determination*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Insurance, Health / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Medicaid / statistics & numerical data*
  • Medically Uninsured / statistics & numerical data*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States