‘Troubling’ Increase In Number Of Uninsured Kids Has Experts Worried That Country Is Backsliding On Pediatric Care
This is the first time in a decade the number of uninsured children has increased, and experts are worried it's a trend. “Without serious efforts to get back on track, the decline in coverage is likely to continue in 2018 and may, in fact, get worse for America’s children,” said Joan Alker, the report's lead author.
Los Angeles Times:
Number Of Uninsured Children Climbs, Reversing More Than A Decade Of Progress, Report Finds
The number of children in the United States without health insurance increased last year for the first time in more than a decade, according to a new report that highlights potentially worrisome backsliding in pediatric care. The erosion in health insurance came despite a robust economy, which in the past has helped fuel expansions in coverage. It likely reflects a number of steps taken by the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress that have targeted safety net programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP, note the authors of the new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families. (Levey, 11/28)
Under Trump, Number Of Uninsured Kids Rose For First Time This Decade
In California, 301,000 children went without insurance in 2017, up slightly from 300,000 the year before, the data show. The overall uninsured rate for people of all ages — which plummeted from 2013 to 2016 following the health law’s implementation — remained unchanged at 8.8 percent last year. (Galewitz, 11/29)