The more than 70 million children under 18 who live in the U.S. are highly diverse. Half are identified as a race or ethnicity other than white, non-Hispanic, and a quarter are in immigrant families.
Over the past two decades, the percent of children without insurance has dropped more than half, to 5%, while the portion covered by public insurance has doubled to about 42%.
Children also are more likely than adults to be living in poverty (16% vs. 11%).
The AAP has been using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal datasets to monitor trends in child demographics and in the health and health care of children, https://bit.ly/38JVoqD.
For more information about the AAP Child Health Trends project, contact
Liz Gottschlich at 630-626-6627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.