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Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 Jul;29(7):1343-9. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0137.

The impact of parental job loss on children's health insurance coverage.

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  • 1University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.


Children with private health insurance are more than six and a half times as likely to lose coverage in the three months after one or both of their parents loses a job, compared to children whose parents remain employed. In the current economic environment, this finding is especially troubling. We estimate that for every 1,000 jobs lost, 311 privately insured children lose coverage and more than 45 percent of the poorest and most vulnerable of privately insured children became uninsured. Much more effort is needed to quickly enroll children in public health insurance programs when their parents suffer a job loss.

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