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Number of Uninsured Children Rising

The number of uninsured children in the U.S. is rising.

Since 2016, the number of uninsured children has risen by approximately 726,000 as the uninsured rate among children rose from 4.7 percent to 5.7 percent in 2019.

An increase of 320,000 children between 2018 and 2019 was the largest such increase in more than a decade.  Texas accounts for one-third of the four-year increase, or about 243,000 newly uninsured children, with Florida second with 55,000 newly uninsured children.

Any increase in the number of uninsured children poses a special challenge for private safety-net hospitals because those hospitals are generally located in communities with larger numbers of low-income and uninsured residents than areas served by the typical community hospital.

Learn more about the increase in the number of uninsured children in recent years and why it occurred in the report “Children’s Uninsured Rate Rises by Largest Annual Jump in More Than a Decade” from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families.

Number of Uninsured Children Rises

For the first time since 2008, the number of uninsured children in the U.S. increased in 2017, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.

While the total increase in the number of uninsured children is small – just 276,000 – 2017 marked the first time in nearly a decade that the number of uninsured children has risen.  For the year, 3.9 million were uninsured, up from 3.6 million in 2016.

Passage of the Affordable Care Act and extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have contributed to declines in the number of uninsured children.

In 2017, however, the number of uninsured children rose even as the overall uninsured rate in the U.S. remained the same:  8.8 percent.  States with the biggest increases in the number of uninsured children were South Dakota, Utah, and Texas.  More than 20 percent of all uninsured children in the U.S. live in Texas.

Learn more about the increase in the number of uninsured children and why these numbers have risen in the report Nation’s Progress on Children’s Health Coverage Reverses Course, which can be found here, on the web site of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.