For the First Time in 10 Years, Number of Uninsured Children Grows
December 6, 2018
A recent study found that children are bearing the brunt of efforts by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans to take away access to affordable health care from millions of Americans. Nationwide, the uninsured rate among children rose by 276,000 in 2017. Children living in western states are some of the worst-affected:
The increasing number of uninsured children is a direct result of Trump’s assault on affordable health care.
Vox: “The most likely culprits, per the report: the Republican pursuit of Obamacare repeal and their success in repealing the individual mandate; the Trump administration’s regulations that undermine the health care law; Congress allowed an unprecedented lapse in funding authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.”
The number of uninsured children in the U.S. grew substantially in multiple western states.
Nevada Public Radio: “The number of children without health insurance rose in every state last year, including Nevada. Nevada’s rate of uninsured was among the highest in the nation, behind only Texas, Alaska, Wyoming and Oklahoma.”
The number of uninsured Nevadan children grew for the first time since 2012.
Nevada Current: “‘It had been going down for almost a decade,’ says Emma Rodriguez, the Children’s Health Policy Manager with the Children’s Advocacy Alliance. ‘This is really concerning that we are headed in the wrong direction with the latest increase.’”
Arizona has one of the worst rates of uninsured children in the nation.
Arizona Republic: “The report, released Thursday, identified Arizona as one of 12 states with ‘significantly higher’ rates of uninsured children — 7.7 percent — than the 2017 national average of 5 percent. The rate is important, child advocates say because kids need health care to succeed.”
Utah’s rate of uninsured children outpaced the national average.
State of Reform: “In addition to having significant growth in the rate of uninsured children, Utah also is one of 12 states with rates significantly higher than the national average. In 2017, Utah had a rate of 7.3 percent, compared to the national 5 percent.”