Nation’s Youngest Children Lose Health Coverage at an Alarming Rate

Introduction Until recently, the U.S. has experienced a consistent, annual decline in the number and rate of uninsured children in most states. Beginning in 2016, however, the trend reversed and the nation’s children experienced widespread coverage losses for the first time in many years. The youngest children were not spared from this inversion. As with […]

Latino Children’s Coverage

Having health insurance is important for children to grow and thrive. Latino children are more likely than other children to be uninsured, but efforts to reduce this coverage disparity by expanding affordable coverage options such as Medicaid, CHIP, and the Affordable Care Act paid off – the rate of uninsured Latino children decreased to historic […]

The Number of Uninsured Children is on the Rise

Introduction For many years, the nation has been on a positive trajectory reducing the number and rate of uninsured children. Having health insurance is important for children as they are more likely to receive needed services, have better educational outcomes, and their family is protected from the financial risks associated with being uninsured—even for a […]

Strategies to Address Alarming Decline in Children’s Health Coverage

In this blog series, CCF Executive Director and Research Professor Joan Alker previews her ninth annual report on children’s health coverage and examines the alarming increase in the number of uninsured children after years of bipartisan success in reducing the child uninsured rate.  Research Professor Tricia Brooks — a policy expert and former state CHIP […]

Promoting Health Coverage of American Indian and Alaska Native Children

Introduction In 2017 there were approximately 774,000 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children under age 19, comprising about 1 percent of the 78.1 million children nationwide. AI/AN children are disproportionately poor, experience major health disparities, and are more than twice as likely to be uninsured as U.S. children overall. It goes without saying that […]