Children's Hospitals Alarmed by Drop in Children's Insurance Rate
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A report released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau shows 4.3 million children in the U.S. were uninsured in 2018. This number represents a startling increase of 425,000 uninsured children in a single year. Insurance is a critical part of getting children the care they need. Children's hospitals, on behalf of the patients and families we serve, ask Congress and the administration to carefully examine this decline in order to identify and swiftly address its causes.
According to the Census Bureau, while the percentage of children with private health insurance coverage remained steady, the percentage of children with public coverage—such as Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)—fell by 1.3%. Together, Medicaid and CHIP provide health care coverage to roughly 46 million children in the course of a year. These programs are lifelines—they cover kids in every state, from every background. Compared to uninsured children, we know that those covered by Medicaid and CHIP are more likely to have better health outcomes as adults, with higher school attendance and academic achievement.
As Congress and the administration review these findings and determine their policy implications, we ask that they remember we must always ensure the health and well-being of our most precious asset: our children.
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