Child health insurance gains threatened by federal rule change
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.