For the first time in years, the number of American children without health insurance rose in 2017, according to a report released Thursday by Georgetown University.
The number increased by 276,000 children, according to the report, to 5 percent in 2017 from 4.7 percent in 2016. Although that doesn’t represent a huge statistical spike, it’s striking because of the context: the uninsured rate typically stabilizes or decreases in times of economic growth.
In Missouri, the number of uninsured children rose to 75,000, up about 5.6 percent from 71,000 the year before.
Nationally, the rate of children with employer-sponsored insurance rose slightly in 2017, but that wasn’t enough overcome losses in Medicaid enrollment and children receiving coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, one of the report’s authors said.
Overall, the rate of uninsured people nationally remained steady at about 8.8 percent.
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