Health coverage instability for mothers in working families

Steven G. Anderson, Mary Keegan Eamon

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Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, the authors examined the health Insurance coverage stability of 1,667 women in working families over a three-year period (1995-1997). Findings revealed that coverage instability is common. Nearly one-half of low-income women experienced health coverage instability over the three-year study period, and low-income women with poor education, single marital status, low work hours, and frequent job changes were at even greater risk of coverage instability. The findings also imply that women affected by recent welfare reforms are likely to experience widespread health coverage problems. The implications for health care policy development, social work administration, and social work practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-405
Number of pages11
JournalSocial work
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2004


  • Health coverage
  • Income level
  • Instability
  • Mothers
  • Working families

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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