Senior Policy Analyst
The uninsured rate among children fell to a historic low of 6 percent in 2014 as health reform’s major coverage expansions took effect, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families’ annual report on children’s health coverage finds. That’s down from 7.1 percent in 2013 and marks the largest single-year decline on record in data going back to 2008.
While the coverage expansions mainly target low-income adults, children benefit as well, the report shows:
Some 68 percent of uninsured children were eligible for Medicaid or CHIP before health reform’s coverage expansions took effect, according to the Urban Institute. To make further historic progress in cutting the number of uninsured children, the 20 states that haven’t expanded Medicaid should adopt the option and all states should intensify outreach to enroll more eligible children.