A new study has found that nearly half a million American children have lost medical insurance since 2016 – reversing a positive trend.
Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute found:
The number of uninsured children in the United States increased by more than 400,000 between 2016 and 2018 bringing the total to over 4 million uninsured children in the nation.
These coverage losses are widespread with 15 states showing statistically significant increases in the number and/or rate of uninsured children (Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia), and only one state (North Dakota) moving in the right direction.
The 10 states with the biggest increase in the rate of uninsured children are all states that voted for Donald Trump. Some 340,000 of the kids who lost health insurance were in red states (see table below).
Why this matters
Health insurance for children matters even more for a nation, as they are then more likely to do better in education and save the family from going bankrupt.
The number of uninsured children now exceeds 4 million, said the Institute — “wiping out a sizable share of the gains in coverage made following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014”.
President Trump promised he would offer a healthcare plan better than Obamacare since he took office, but has failed to devise or offer for any such proposals.
A point stressed by Joan Alker, the executive director of the Georgetown University for Children and Families. “Recent policy changes and the failure to make children’s health a priority have undercut bipartisan initiatives and the Affordable Care Act, which had propelled our nation forward on children’s health coverage,” she goes on to say, “This serious erosion of child health coverage is due in large part to the Trump Administration’s actions or inactions that have made health coverage harder to access and have deterred families from enrolling their eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP.”
“The trend is particularly troubling,” Alker told CNN, “because it comes during a period of economic growth when more Americans are gaining employment.”