The percentage of mothers who had no insurance at the time of birth declined from 10.4 percent to 5.9 percent between 2008-2013 and 2014-2019. The percentage who had private coverage increased from 55.4 percent to 60.5 percent in that same time frame. These are findings from a new AHRQ Statistical Brief, Insurance Status of Mothers at the Time of Birth, by Demographic Characteristics, 2008-19.
The statistical brief looks at the insurance status of mothers at the time of birth, before and after the introduction of the ACA. Specifically, relying on the Full-Year Consolidated files for the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC) between 2008 and 2019, researchers describe the insurance status of mothers by the following demographic characteristics: age, race/ethnicity, highest level of education, and percent of the federal poverty level. Pre-ACA period is defined as 2008 through 2013, and the post-ACA period as 2014 through 2019.