Health Insurance Coverage

In 2013-2014, approximately one-third of agricultural workers reported having health insurance, nearly one-half said their spouse had health insurance, and nearly nine in ten said that some or all of their children had health insurance. While the share of workers who reported that they, themselves, had health insurance increased by 50 percent since 2000, the shares who reported that their spouses or children had health insurance more than doubled. This trend corresponds with an increase in the share of agricultural workers who reported that their own or family member's insurance was paid for by the government, particularly their children’s insurance. In 2013-2014, 80 percent of agricultural workers reported that the government paid for their children's insurance.

Insurance coverage for worker and family

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Attention A T users. Data is presented in three formats, a bar chart, a textual data table, and a line chart. The data is best reviewed though the data table when using A T.

Bar Chart — Insurance coverage for worker and family

Data Table — Insurance coverage for worker and family1

Category 99-00 01-02 03-04 05-06 07-08 09-10 11-12 13-14
# % # % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Agricultural worker has insurance86024%1,58524%1,83929%1,08528%1,21132%1,12532%86432%1,39035%
Spouse has insurance49922%1,05328%1,28945%78243%76248%84744%63238%1,02445%
Children have insurance273435%1,55548%1,86478%----------
All children have insurance------1,01067%1,05173%1,26183%1,13877%1,66181%
Only some children have insurance------574%654%593%756%995%

1The health insurance questions were first asked in 2000; the 99-00 column contains data for 2000 only .

2In 2000 through 2004, the survey question regarding health insurance coverage for agricultural workers' children asked agricultural workers to indicate whether, in general, their children had health insurance. The question was modified in 2005, when agricultural workers were asked to indicate whether all or only some of their children had health insurance. A dash (“-“) indicates that the category was not offered during the corresponding time period.

3The "Parents’/Family’s Plan" response category was added in 2013. A dash (“-“) indicates that the category was not offered during the corresponding time period.

a Estimates with relative standard errors (RSEs) greater than 30 percent but no more than 50 percent are published but should be used with caution.

b Estimates based on fewer than four responses or with RSEs greater than 50 percent are considered statistically unreliable and are suppressed.

Trend Lines — Insurance coverage for worker and family