Thursday, August 17, 2006

CDC Reports Increase in Health Insurance Coverage for Children in 2005

Health Insurance for Children Improved in 2005; Overall Coverage Varies by State

New estimates of health insurance coverage and other major indicators of health and health care were released today in two new reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition to , the reports present the latest data on health habits, such as smoking, preventive health care including immunizations, and prevalence of diabetes, asthma and psychological distress. Highlights of the reports include:

In 2005, 41.2 million persons of all ages (14.2 percent) were currently without health insurance, down from 15.4 percent in 1997.

In the same time period, children experienced the greatest increase in coverage with only 8.9 percent without insurance in 2005 compared to 13.9 percent in 1997.

Insurance coverage varied widely among the 20 states for which data are now available, from 6 percent without health insurance in Massachusetts to over 24 percent lacking health insurance in Texas.

Both diagnosed diabetes and asthma are on the rise, up to 7.4 percent and 7.8 percent of the population respectively.

The 2005 estimates of influenza vaccinations reflected the shortage that occurred during the 2004-2005 flu season, but rates for those 65 years of age or older rebounded quicker than for other age groups.