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In 2002, half of non-elderly Hispanics were uninsured at some time during the year.

  • This figure represents 18.5 million people out of a total of 36.4 million non-elderly Hispanics (insured and uninsured together).
  • In the non-elderly population overall (insured and uninsured), 14.6 percent are Hispanic (36.4 million out of 250.1 million).

These statistics about ethnicity and coverage status come from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) for 2002, found in this table.

This is an example of what is available in ERIU's "fast facts" about the uninsured. While statistics about what share of Hispanics are uninsured are available elsewhere, ERIU's "fast facts" offer multiple views of groups that are uninsured for different lengths of time. Among Hispanics, what share are uninsured all year? (Answer: 20.5 percent.) What share are uninsured at a point in time? (Answer: 34.9 percent.) We also offer tables that compare those who are uninsured throughout the year, those who are uninsured at a point in time, and those who are uninsured at any time during the year.

ERIU's more detailed "second level" looks at the uninsured include tables on education level, income, and family status for uninsured immigrants, children, adults, and workers. Data is available for different data sources: Current Population Survey (CPS) and Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP in addition to MEPS), as well as for different time periods (all year, part year, point in time).

For more on ERIU's "fast facts": ERIU Fast Facts