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Monday, December 1, 2008

Update on Children's Health Care

DemFromCt, who writes for the Daily Kos blog, provides an update from FamiliesUSA on children's health care now that we are officially in a recession.  DemFromCt highlights various news, mostly bad, from the FamiliesUSA study,

The non-partisan FamiliesUSA sums it up with this November 2008 study:

8.6 Million Children Are Uninsured

    • One in nine American children (11.1 percent) is uninsured.
    • The five states with the largest number of uninsured children are Texas, California, Florida, New York, and Georgia. Together, the uninsured children in these five states account for nearly half of all uninsured children in the country (48.3 percent).
    • The five states with the highest rates of uninsured children are Texas, Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. More than 15 percent of children in each of these states are uninsured, compared to a national median of 9.2 percent.

Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Are Picking up the Slack

    • Between 2006 and 2007, the number of uninsured children declined by 521,000.
    • The number of children covered by private health coverage declined by 65,000.
    • The number of children covered in Medicaid and CHIP increased by 954,000.

FamiliesUSA also found the majority of uninsured children come from working families with two-parent households, so another myth goes out the window. This isn't class warfare, this is everyone.

Remember, this is just the beginning. Covering kids through Medicaid and SCHIP will temporarily help kids (but not adults), and mask what's really happening as people lose insurance and can't get it back (that takes at least two years after a recession). When states start to hurt, eligibility will be cut back and/or new enrollment will be limited at the state level. . . .

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