Number of U.S. Kids With Public Health Insurance
FRIDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American
children eligible for and enrolled in public health insurance
programs increased between 2008 and 2009, a new study finds.
The number of children eligible for Medicaid/CHIP increased by
about 2.5 million and rates of participation in the programs rose
from 82.1 percent to 84.8 percent, according to the report released
Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Participation in the programs increased across a number of
demographic categories, including age, language group,
race/ethnicity and family income level. Participation rates in 15
states and the District of Columbia were 90 percent or higher in
As a result of these nationwide increases, the number of
eligible but uninsured children fell by about 340,000 between 2008
and 2009, according to the report.
However, about 4.3 million children who were eligible for public
programs remained uninsured. Three states -- Texas, California and
Florida -- accounted for nearly 40 percent of those children, the
The increasing participation rates are likely due to ongoing
federal and state efforts meant to boost enrollment and retention
of children in the programs, the study authors said in a news
release from the foundation.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has more about
health insurance programs.
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