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Among immigrants who were uninsured in 2005, 79.3 percent were non-citizens.

  • The remaining 20.7 percent of uninsured immigrants are citizens.
  • Among all immigrant non-citizens, 43.6 percent are uninsured.
  • Among all immigrant citizens, 17.9 percent are uninsured.

These statistics about the insurance coverage and legal status of immigrants come from the Current Population Survey (CPS) for 2005, found in this table.

This is an example of what is available in ERIU's "fast facts" about the uninsured. While statistics about the coverage status of immigrants are available elsewhere, ERIU's "fast facts" are unique in offering "next level" tabulations of characteristics of the uninsured, looking at characteristics within groups. Among Hispanic immigrants, what share are uninsured? (Answer: 48.6 percent.) And among non-Hispanic immigrants, what share are uninsured? (Answer: 19.5 percent.)

ERIU's detailed "second level" look at uninsured immigrants include details on age distribution, race and ethnicity, and income relative to the poverty threshold. Data is available for different reference periods (all year, part year, point in time), for different data sources: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) and Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP, in addition to CPS), and for multiple calendar years, allowing consideration of trends over time.

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