Child health insurance gains threatened by federal rule change

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: November 30, 2018

Colorado’s dramatic gains in covering kids with health insurance have stalled—and the state could see the number of kids without insurance increase if a proposed immigration rule change takes effect. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows that a decade of progress is being threatened as the national uninsured rate increased for the first time since this data has been collected due to federal lawmakers chipping away at health insurance programs.

In Colorado, the percent of kids without health insurance has plummeted from 14 percent in 2008 to about 4 percent in 2016. Colorado did not see a measurable improvement in the rate in 2017. An estimated 57,000 of Colorado’s children age 18 and younger remain uninsured. Read more in a press release from the All Kids Covered Coalition. You can also read news coverage in The Denver Post, Public News Service and Colorado Public Radio.

Colorado rate of uninsured children age 0-19, 2008-2017

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.