Children’s Coverage at a Crossroads: Progress Slows

In 2013, for the first time in recent history, the uninsured rate for children did not significantly decline from the previous year, remaining just above seven percent. Yet in the past five years, the number of uninsured children declined substantially from just under 6.9 million to just over 5.2 million in large part due to the success of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in covering children. Whether this promising five-year trend in children’s coverage continues, stalls, or reverses itself will be influenced by numerous factors and forthcoming policy decisions–including, most notably, whether or not Congress extends funding for CHIP in 2015.

 

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