Table 4

This report contains estimates of mental health treatment expenditures and selected population characteristics by health insurance status among low income individuals in the community population from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).

Table 4. Sociodemographic characteristics, mental health utilization and expenditures by insurance coverage, children and adolescents aged 5-17 with family incomes less than 100 percent of poverty, civilian non institutionalized population, 2004- 2006

CharacteristicsPrivateMedicaid/SCHIPUninsured part-yearUninsured full-yearTotal
Total Population Aged 5-17 ≤100% of FPL
2006 Population (1000s)9985,8491,5141,0039,513
% white58.6%32.6%36.6%25.3%35.5%
% black20.0%36.3%22.8%9.4%29.8%
% Hispanic15.4%27.3%36.0%57.7%30.2%
% other race/ethnicity----a3.8%4.5%----a4.5%
% rural (non-MSA)24.7%21.2%14.5%9.7%19.7%
% poor or fair physical health4.5%8.9%7.8%7.0%8.0%
% poor/fair mental health4.6%10.3%11.9%6.5%9.5%
% with CIS Impairment16.2%18.3%16.9%11.2%17.1%
mean per capita MH spending $ 2006$71$171----a----a$132
% with any MH treatment8.5%11.7%6.6%----a9.6%
mean MH expenditures if treatment$839$1,471$1,299$980$1,376
% with Medicaid coverage14.5%100.0%85.0%0.0%79.0%
% of MH spending paid by Medicaid----a90.4%81.7%----83.8%
Population Aged 5-17 ≤100% of FPL with CIS Impairment
% white----a----a47.5%----a50.2%
% black----a----a36.3%----a31.1%
% Hispanic----a----a13.7%----a16.4%
% other race/ethnicity----a----a2.5%----a2.3%
% rural (non-MSA)----a----a26.7%----a25.6%
% poor or fair physical health----a----a20.2%----a19.6%
% poor/fair mental health----a----a34.8%----a34.9%
mean per capita MH spending $ 2006----a----a$553----a$450
% with any MH treatment----a----a34.6%----a31.0%
mean MH expenditures if treatment----a----a$1,601----a$1,449
% with Medicaid coverage----a----a100.0%----a83%
% of MH spending paid by Medicaid----a----a88.7%----a82.0%
Population Aged 5-17 <=100% of FPL without CIS Impairment
% white----a----a29.2%----a32.5%
% black----a----a36.3%----a29.5%
% Hispanic----a----a30.4%----a33.1%
% other race/ethnicity----a----a4.1%----a4.9%
% rural (non-MSA)----a----a19.9%----a18.5%
% poor or fair physical health----a----a6.4%----a5.7%
% poor/fair mental health----a----a4.8%----a4.3%
mean per capita MH spending $ 2006----a----a$86----a$67
% with any MH treatment----a----a6.5%----a5.2%
mean MH expenditures if treatment----a----a$1,317----a$1,287
% with Medicaid coverage----a----a100.0%----a78%
% of MH spending paid by Medicaid----a----a92.9%----a86.3%

Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2004-2006, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
a. Cell suppressed because it does not meet AHRQ standards for statistical reliability.

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Internet Citation: Table 4. May 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/policymakers/health-initiatives/meps/lowinc/lowinctab4.html