Georgetown University Center for Children and Families researchers analyzed health insurance data from the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey to get a closer look at children’s coverage trends. On the eve of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act coverage expansions, the authors found important lessons from the success the U.S. has had in covering children. The number of uninsured children continues to decline, and although children are covered at much higher rates than adults (92.8 percent vs. 79.4 percent) they still lag behind seniors (99.0 percent).
- The ACA has the potential to cut the number of uninsured children by 40%. (Source:Improving Coverage for Children Under Health Reform)
- The ACA has helped maintain or improve access to preventive services for 54% of children. (Source: ACA Protects and Improves Access to Preventive Care for Children)
- 47 states have applied for or received increased federal funds to make major upgrades to Medicaid enrollment systems (Source: Getting Into Gear for 2014)
- In 2012, 92.8% of children in the United States had health insurance coverage. (Source: Children's Health Coverage on the Eve of the Affordable Care Act)
- In January 2014, eligibility levels for parents and childless adults will significantly increase in the 26 states, including DC, that are expanding Medicaid to adults. (Source: New! Getting Into Gear for 2014)