Rate of Uninsured Children on the Decline
|April 30, 2014||Posted by M. P. under Health, Policy, Youth Development||
An April 2014 report from the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota contains encouraging news on the impact of programs, such as Medicaid and CHIP, designed to reduce the number of uninsured children. Between the years of 2008 and 2012, the rate of uninsured children in the United States dropped from 9.7% to 7.5%, according to data reported in SHADAC’s State-Level Trends in Children’s Health Insurance Coverage. This national trend was mirrored in the 35 states that also reported significant declines in uninsured children during the same time period, with Oregon, Florida, Mississippi and Delaware experiencing the largest reductions. Additional findings at the national level:
- The percentage of privately insured low-and-middle-income children declined
- Hispanic children experienced the largest gains in insurance coverage, yet in 2012 remained the largest group of uninsured persons (12.7%) under age 18
- The gap between low-income and high-income children’s likelihood of insurance coverage is shrinking
In Pennsylvania, the rate of uninsured children declined from 6% in 2008 to 5% in 2012.
Report Citation: Sonier, J., Fried, B. 2014. “State-Level Trends in Childrens’ Health Insurance Coverage.” Minneapolis, MN: State Health Access Data Assistance Center.