Kid’s Health Coverage Rates See Unprecedented Improvement

Advocates celebrate expanded health care for Florida’s children

October 27, 2016

Tallahassee FL – The rate of uninsured children across the country saw the largest decline on record from 2013-2015, according to a report released today from the Georgetown University Center for Children (CCF) and Families. Florida children were among those gaining health care coverages as the number children without health insurance declined by 36 percent in the two years following implementation of most provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

“We’re getting closer and closer to reaching the goal of ensuring every child has access to health care,” said Florida CHAIN CEO Mark Pafford. “By investing in the health and well-being of Florida’s children today we are investing in the future.”

The positive trend in children’s health coverage started with the expansion of Medicaid to more children and the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and subsequent improvements to both programs.

The Affordable Care Act, which maintained and enhanced Medicaid and CHIP coverage for children, accelerated this positive trend. “Florida was among the 41 states making progress in reducing its uninsured rate for children but there are still quite a few uninsured children living in Florida and more work is needed to reach them,” said Joan Alker, Executive Director of Georgetown University CCF.

Florida’s uninsured rate for children is 6.9 percent, significantly higher than the national average of 4.8 percent. Florida is home to about 445,000 uninsured children.

Families who would like help enrolling their children should call 877-813-9115 or visitwww.CoveringFlorida.org

Read the full report here: Georgetown University Children’s Health Coverage Report Oct272016

Read report co-author Joan Alker’s Blog post regarding the report:  JoanAlkerBlog