September 25, 2013 | by Staff reports
Insurance disparity found for gay families
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According to the study, 63.3 percent of children with two fathers and 67.5 percent with two mothers were covered by private health insurance. (Photo by iStock)

Children of same-sex parents are less likely to have private health insurance than those with opposite-sex parents, according to a study from the University of Minnesota reported in Pediatrics.

According to the study, 63.3 percent of children with two fathers and 67.5 percent with two mothers were covered by private health plans compared with 77 percent of children with married opposite-sex parents who had the same coverage, the report said.

Those disparities lessened for those living in states that recognize same-sex marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships or second-parent adoptions, researchers found.

The researchers identified 5,081 children from same-sex parents, 1,369,789 children of married opposite-sex parents, and 101,678 children from unmarried opposite-sex parents. Using American Community Survey census data, the researchers estimate there are approximately 125,000 same-sex couples are raising 220,000 children in the United States.

The ACS does not ask participants about sexual orientation, but asks respondents if they recognize another person of the same sex as a husband, wife or unmarried partner. Single-parent households were not included in the analysis.

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