Uninsured rate for Texas’ youngest children jumps, report says


By: Julie Chang

The percentage of Texas’ youngest children without health insurance has increased since 2016, according to a report released Wednesday. In 2018, 8.3% of Texas children under age 6 — a total of 198,014 — were uninsured. The rate has grown by 1 percentage point, or about 23,000 children, since 2016, according to a report by Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. The data mirrors growth seen in the uninsured rates among all Texans… “The health system is one of the few places that can reach young children and their families before the child gets to kindergarten,” said Elisabeth Wright Burak, one of the authors of the Georgetown report. “It’s not just a place to check the child’s health and development but it’s also a way to connect families to resources.”

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