How Are Moms Faring under the Affordable Care Act?

When parents have health insurance, it’s more likely that their children are also covered, and when children have quality health insurance, they are more likely to succeed in school and in life. According to a  new report from the Urban Institute, the uninsurance rate among mothers living with dependent children under the age of 19 declining to 15.7 percent in the past year, the lowest rate observed since 1997. African-American and Hispanic mothers, and mothers living in the West experiences particularly large declines. These gains followed the implementation of the major coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the 26 states that expanded Medicaid, coverage especially increased. The report also notes that, despite the good news about the gains in coverage, 5.9 million mothers were still uninsured in 2014. Moreover, uninsurance rates remained over 30 percent for mothers with low incomes and those who were Hispanic, noncitizens, or who had not graduated from high school.

 

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Authors: Urban Institute

Geography: United States

Resource Type: Research Brief