Differences in private health insurance coverage for working male Hispanics

P. Fronstin, L. G. Goldberg, P. K. Robins

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Abstract

In 1993, 33.8% of all nonelderly adult Hispanics living in the United States lacked health insurance coverage (either private or public), compared to 8.1% of the entire nonelderly population. Because Hispanics are more likely to be uninsured than any other ethnic group and because they are the fastest growing minority group in the United States, the increase in the Hispanic population is likely to increase the proportion of the population without health insurance. Particularly striking are differences in private health insurance coverage among the three major Hispanic groups-Cuban- Americans, Mexican-Americans, and Puerto Ricans. In this paper, regression- based decomposition analysis is used to explain the sources of differences in private health insurance coverage among working males in these three groups. The results indicate that among the study population, Cuban-Americans have higher rates of private health insurance coverage than Mexican-Americans and Puerto Ricans, and that wage rates, levels of education, age, occupation, and marital status explain most of the difference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-180
Number of pages10
JournalInquiry
Volume34
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 21 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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