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The Financial Burden of Paying for Non-Premium Medical Expenses for Children

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Working Paper Number SEHSD-WP2011-12


With rising health care costs, Americans face a greater financial burden of paying for medical care for uninsured children. This financial burden of paying for children’s health care may be greater than anticipated, particularly because most of the uninsured have low to moderate incomes. This past year, the Current Population Survey (CPS) released content for medical out-of-pocket expenditures. Using this and other available CPS data (such as health insurance coverage, race and ethnicity, and income-to-poverty ratio), this research compares the medical expenditure data of children who are insured with those who are uninsured. It also examines the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of uninsured children with the greatest medical out-of-pocket expenditures.


This poster was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America in Washington, DC, March 31-April 2, 2011.

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