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Rates of Uninsured Children Increasing in Florida and Across the U.S.

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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.