Nearly 90% of the 9 million children who lack health insurance live in households with at least one working parent, according to a report released Thursday by consumer group Families USA. And three in 10 uninsured kids live in families with two working parents, the report found. ‘I think it changes what might be a stereotype about who uninsured people or uninsured children are,’ says Ron Pollack, the group’s executive director. The report finds Vermont has the lowest rate of uninsured children at 5.6%. Hawaii, Michigan, and New Hampshire also had rates among the nation’s lowest. Meanwhile, more than 20% of children in Texas remain without medical coverage, ranking that state at the top. Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, and Montana all had uninsured rates above 16%, according to the report. It concludes that uninsured children were three times as likely to go without a doctor visit in the past year and five times as likely to have an untreated dental or vision problem as children with coverage. Kids’ Insurance Debate Continues The 1997 law creating the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) for low-income children expires next year. Congress will have to […]

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