Rates of Uninsured Children Increasing in Florida and Across the U.S.
The number of children without out health insurance in the U.S. increased by more than 400,000 between 2016 and 2018. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families finds that over that time period the rate of uninsured children nationwide increased from 4.7% to 5.2%, reversing what had been a long-standing positive trend in the rates of uninsured kids. Florida is among states experiencing the sharpest increases in the number of uninsured children.
The report cites a number of examples of what is responsible for eroding children’s healthcare coverage including actions and inactions of the Trump administration, delays in funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program and a culture of fear among immigrant families. We will take a closer look at the report’s findings with Executive Director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and research professor with the McCourt School of Public Policy Joan Alker.