TRUMP'S WAR AGAINST THE POOR: NUMBER OF AMERICAN CHILDREN WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE INCREASES

This from Researchers at the Georgetown University Policy Institute. 

The rate of children younger than 6 without health insurance climbed from 3.8 percent in 2016 to 4.3 percent in 2018.

Thirteen states had statistically significant increases in either the rate or number of young kids without insurance.

Eleven states — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and West Virginia — had significant increases in both.

All these states are controlled by Republican governors and legislators, and they are the states that failed to expand Medicaid (the government assistance program for poor Americans) under Obamacare.

Children are more likely to be uninsured in states that did not expand Medicaid under Obamacare.

Only Minnesota had a statistically significant decrease in the number of uninsured young children. Minnesota expanded Medicaid in 2014, as soon as the ACA allowed, and it is a state whose governor is a Democrat.

The overall rate of children without coverage increased from 4.7 percent in 2016 to 5.2 percent in 2018.

A big factor in that rising rate was a reduction in children younger than 19 enrolled in Medicaid and Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

On a 20-month period from December 2017 to August 2019, the number of children younger than 19 in those two programs declined by 2.9 percent.

The steepest increases in the rate of young children without health insurance between 2016 and 2018 occurred in Missouri (up 1.7 percentage points), West Virginia (1.5), Ohio and Tennessee (1.4), and Kentucky (1.3).

West Virginia had the largest percentage increase in the number of young children without health insurance (70 percent), followed by Alabama and Kentucky (51 percent) and Tennessee and Missouri (46 percent). 

Texas, another Medicaid non-expansion state, had by far the highest number of uninsured children younger than 6, about 198,000, and the second-highest rate of uninsured kids of that age (8.3 percent), behind Alaska (9.2 percent).

This decline in health insurance coverage among both children and adults is a direct result of the Trump administration’s and his fellow Republicans' assault on Obamacare, such as spending less money to help educate consumers and enroll them in health insurance.

When a soulless narcissist and his apologists are put in charge of a nation, this is exactly what you should expect.

https://ccf.georgetown.edu/2019/12/09/nations-youngest-children-lose-health-coverage-at-an-alarming-rate/

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