On October 30, 2019, the Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families issued a new report that analyzes coverage trends based on survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This report discusses how health coverage for children fluctuated between 2016 and 2018, which coincided with congressional attempts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). At the beginning of this two-year period, the uninsured rate for children reached a historic low of 4.7%. However, by the end of this period, there were 400,000 more uninsured children than in 2016, which totals 5.2%, or over 4 million children. Most notably, 15 states saw an increase in the rate or number of uninsured children and only one state experienced coverage gains over this two-year period. The findings of the report suggest that this trend has continued into 2019, which will further increase the number of uninsured children.
This report was published alongside a state-by-state data hub that provides granular data about children’s health coverage across the country.
Continue reading to learn more about children’s health coverage in the United States.