Senior Policy Analyst
The nation’s uninsured rate among children fell by a third (from 7.1 percent to 4.8 percent) from 2013 to 2015 as health reform’s major coverage provisions took effect, Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families’ annual report on children’s health coverage finds (see chart). That’s the largest two-year drop in the uninsured rate among children on record, driven by continued enrollment growth in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and further coverage gains spurred by health reform.
Forty states and the District of Columbia experienced gains in children’s coverage between 2013 and 2015, and the improvements were widespread across race, ethnicity, income, and age, the report finds. (Wyoming is the one state in which the uninsured rate increased; the other nine states saw no statistically significant change.)
Federal and state policymakers can take further steps to ensure the nation continues to make progress in covering more uninsured children. For example: