Ohio Sees a Troubling Increase in Uninsured Children


By: Mary Kulhman

Even during a time when the economy was notably strong, Ohio lost ground in ensuring children have access to health coverage. An annual report released today by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families reveals there were 27,000 more uninsured Ohio children in 2019 than in 2016.Kelly Vyzral, senior health policy associate for the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio, said that’s a 26% increase, and ranks Ohio seventh in the nation for the number of children without health coverage. “Right around 131,000 children are uninsured,” Vyzral explained. “Ohio’s children deserve better than that. We want them to grow up healthy and strong, and stay here in our state and make this a great place to be, but we really need to look at why this is happening.”

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