This data story compares the health insurance coverage rate of children under 18 and adults in the 18 to 64-year-old category.
Originally implemented in 1997, the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was reauthorized in 2009 and funded through FY 2013. CHIP, jointly funded by federal and state governments, helps states provide health insurance coverage for uninsured children. During the recent economic downturn, even as the percentage of 18 to 64-year-olds with health insurance dipped below 80, the coverage rate for children held steady at just over 90 percent.
View health insurance coverage rates, as well as notes and sources, here.