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Number and Percentage of Uninsured Children in Each State

There are 7.9 million uninsured children in America. Overall, about 10 percent of children in the United States are uninsured, but the percentage of uninsured children in each state varies widely.

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*The percentage and number of uninsured children in the United States are from the most recent year of data and represent coverage in 2009.

Notes: The estimated percentage of uninsured children in each state is an average of the percentage of uninsured children in that state over three years. Three-year averages are used because of small sample sizes in some states. The average percentage of uninsured children in this table is based on the 2008, 2009 and 2010 ASEC surveys. The estimated number of uninsured children in each state is calculated by applying that average percentage to the most recent Census estimate of children younger than 19 in the state.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau 2008, 2009, 2010 Annual Social & Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS); Annual Estimates of the Resident Population by Single-Year of Age and Sex for the United States and States, April 1,2000 to July 1, 2009, (http://www.census.gov/popest/states/asrh/files/SC-EST2009-AGESEX-RES.csv)

Calculations by Children's Defense Fund.

Notes: 1) Children are ages 0 through 18; 2) data for Hawaii not available; 3) includes children in Medicaid Expansion CHIP.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services: Medicaid Statistical Information
System: http://msis.cms.hhs.gov, accessed 1/19/2011.
Calculations by the Children’s Defense Fund, 1/11.

Note: Includes all children who were enrolled in CHIP at any point during the fiscal year.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CHIP Statistical Enrollment Data Systems (SEDS) forms CMS21E, CMS-64,21E, CMS-21waiver (02/01/10); amended 10/26/2010