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Brief 3 Health Insurance continuity: Percentage of children ages 0–17 who delayed or did not receive medical care or had no health care visits in the past 12 months by health insurance duration, 2015–2016

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Characteristic 2015–2016
Delayed or did not receive needed medical care in the past 12 monthsa
Insured continuously all 12 months 1.4
Uninsured for any period up to 12 months 17.8
Chronically uninsuredb 16.8
No health care visits in the past 12 monthsc
Insured continuously all 12 months 7.5
Uninsured for any period up to 12 months 14.4
Chronically uninsuredb 41.9
a Delay or nonreceipt of care is based on the questions, "During the past 12 months, was there any time when person needed medical care but did not get it because person couldn't afford it?" and "During the past 12 months has medical care been delayed because of worry about the cost?"
b Chronically uninsured is defined as those without insurance for 1 year or more.
c Health care visits are based on reported visits to a doctor or other health care professional in the past 12 months at a doctor's office, clinic, or some other
place. Visits to emergency rooms, hospitalizations, home visits, dental offices, and telephone calls are excluded.
NOTE: Data are for the civilian noninstitutionalized population.
SOURCE: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey.