For the last decade, the U.S. has made steady progress on insuring its children — specifically moving from about 10 percent of children being uninsured in 2008 to about 5% in 2016. Troublingly, that trend seemed to go in the opposite direction in 2017, according to a recent report by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families (CCF).
Citing data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the CCF reported that, while the estimated percentage of children in 2016 had fallen to 4.6 percent, in 2017 that number inched up to 5 percent in 2017. This represents about 276,000 more uninsured children, according to the CCF’s report.
Most of the children who lost coverage live in states that did not accept the expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). Missouri — which is among those states — was ranked 18th-highest in the nation for uninsured children.