RWJF and SHADAC report finds that the number of insured children has increased, despite economic downturn

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A report recently published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with State Health Access Data Assistance Center analyzes recent trends in health insurance coverage for children at the state level between 2008 and 2010. The percentage of children with public coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) increased substantially, while rates of private coverage and uninsurance declined. However, the report found substantial variation across states.

The main findings of this report include the following:

„„1) Between 2008 and 2010, while the rate of uninsurance for nonelderly adults increased from 19.4% to 21.4% nationally, the uninsurance rate for children actually fell from 9.7% to 8.5%. States with the biggest declines in the rate of uninsurance included Florida, Mississippi, Delaware, Colorado and Oregon.

„„2) The percentage of children with coverage through Medicaid or CHIP increased by 5.6 percentage points nationally. Although private health insurance remains the dominant source of coverage, the percentage of children with private insurance fell from 64.5% to 60.1%. States with the largest increases in public coverage included Delaware, Mississippi, Vermont, Florida and Oregon, while states with the largest declines in private coverage included Vermont, Hawaii, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Delaware.

3) „ The increase in public coverage among children is likely tied to the effects of the economic recession. The percentage of children living in low-income families increased in most states, as did the percentage of children living in families with no employed adults.

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