November 3, 2019

Number of uninsured children in Florida rises

Kim Doleatto of the Herald-Tribune writes:

"It’s back to training wheels when it comes to getting children health care coverage.

In just two years, the rate of uninsured Florida children jumped by 18% and earned the state an overall ranking of 45 in the latest Children’s Health Care Report Card.

The second-highest number of children without health insurance now live in Florida.

That’s according to the latest report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families that looked at national and state data from 2016 to 2018.


When families choose not to enroll, their children miss out on more than basic health care.

Research shows that kids covered by Medicaid and CHIP have long-term health and economic gains as adults, such as higher educational attainment and greater earnings.

'If the numbers are ignored, Florida is going to pay for it through emergency room visits, and in the future when there are fewer healthy workers who missed out on key interventions as children,' said Anne Swerlick, a health policy analyst and attorney with the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added].

'There needs to be a lot more public information that tells parents that getting coverage for their children won’t put them at risk,' she added.

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