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    NCHS data on health insurance and access to care
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    Health insurance coverage is an important determinant of access to health care. Uninsured children and non- elderly adults are substantially less likely to have a usual source of health care or a recent health care visit than their insured counterparts. The major source of coverage for persons under 65 years of age is private employer- sponsored group health insurance. Private health insurance may also be purchased on an individual basis, but it costs more and generally provides less coverage than group insurance. Public programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program provide coverage for many low-income children and adults. NCHS’ National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) provides three measures of lack of health insurance coverage: currently uninsured, uninsured at least part of the year, and uninsured for more than a year. Some state level insurance coverage measures are also available. In 2012, the NHIS reported state-level estimates of being uninsured at the time of interview, having public coverage, and having private health insurance coverage for 32 states.
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