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Am J Public Health. 2008 Nov;98(11):1996-2003. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.117911. Epub 2008 Sep 17.

State-level health care access and use among children in US immigrant families.

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Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Rockville, MD 20857, USA. syu@hrsa.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the association between children's state of residence and their access to health care among specific types of immigrant families: foreign-born children, US-born children with 1 foreign-born parent, US-born children with both foreign-born parents, and nonimmigrant families.

METHODS:

We analyzed data from 12 400 children from the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health in the 6 states with the highest proportion of immigrants (California, Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and Texas).

RESULTS:

Multivariable analyses indicated that among foreign-born children, those living in California, Illinois, and Texas were more likely to lack access to health care compared with those living in New York. Among foreign-born children with 1 or 2 US-born parents, Texas children were most likely to lack health insurance. Within nonimmigrant families, children from California, Florida, and Texas had significantly more access and use problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings document differential health care access and use among states for specific immigrant family types.

PMID:
18799781
PMCID:
PMC2636441
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2007.117911
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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