New Data Finds Number of Uninsured Children Increasing at Alarming Rate

NC Child

By: Fawn Pattison

An estimated 142,000 North Carolina children were uninsured last year, a number that has increased about 23% since 2016, according to a new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. About 27,000 more North Carolina children were uninsured in 2019 than in 2016. The state’s experience is part of a national trend that left an estimated 726,000 more children without health coverage nationwide since our country achieved an historic low number of uninsured children. Much of the coverage gains of the Affordable Care Act for children have now been eliminated. Nationally, coverage losses have been concentrated in the South and West and have been largest for white and Latinx children.

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