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. The authors found that the nation continues to make steady progress covering children, despite no reduction in the number of children living in poverty. A strong commitment to children’s health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP and the protection of children’s eligibility levels by the ACA helped decrease the number of uninsured children to 5.5 million in 2011 from 6.4 million in 2009. Half of all uninsured children live in just six states – Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, Arizona and New York. Nevada continued to have the highest rate of uninsured kids in the country, as Massachusetts maintained its lead with the lowest rate. As states continue moving forward over the next year, full implementation of the ACA provides the next opportunity to make substantial progress for children’s coverage.
- 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 2011, 92% of children in the United States had health insurance coverage. (Source: Uninsured Children 2009-2011 Charting the Nation's Progress)
- In 2012, 26 statesmade improvements to their Medicaid and CHIP programs. (Source: Getting Into Gear for 2014)