Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 66–72 | Cite as

Disparities in Health Care Coverage Among U.S. Born and Mexican/Central American Born Labor Workers in the U.S.

  • Bart HammigEmail author
  • Jean Henry
  • Donna Davis
Original Paper


We examined health insurance coverage among U.S. and Mexican/Central American (M/CA) born labor workers living in the U.S. Using data from the 2010–2015 National Health Interview Survey, we employed logistic regression models to examine health insurance coverage and covariates among U.S. and M/CA born labor workers. Prevalence ratios between U.S. and M/CA born workers were also obtained. U.S. born workers had double the prevalence of insurance coverage. Regarding private insurance coverage, U.S. born workers had a higher prevalence of coverage compared to their M/CA born counterparts. Among foreign born workers with U.S. citizenship, the odds of having insurance coverage was greater than that of noncitizens. Additionally, those who had lived in the U.S. for 10 or more years had higher odds of having health insurance coverage. Disparities in health care coverage exist between U.S. born and foreign born labor workers.


Immigrant Health care Epidemiology United States 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

No conflict of interest to report for Hammig, Henry, and Davis.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Research Involving Human and Animal Participants

All procedures involving human participants received Institutional Review Board approval.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Public Health Program, Department of Health, Human Performance, & RecreationUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA
  2. 2.Cisneros Center for New AmericansSpringdaleUSA

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