Arizona has Third-Highest Rate of Uninsured Children in Nation, Study Shows

Categories: Health

georgetown univ center for children.JPG

Almost 13 percent of Arizona children are uninsured -- the third-highest rate in the nation, according to a new study by Georgetown University.

Coming in at No. 1 was Nevada, with 16.2 percent of its kids uninsured, followed by Texas, with 13.2 percent.

The study, conducted by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center for Children and Families, used data by the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey from 2009 to 2011.

Half of the country's uninsured kids live in just six states. Arizona is the fifth on that list, with an estimated 208,419 kids without coverage -- about 3.8 percent of all the country's uninsured kids. That's only slightly higher than the sixth state -- New York. But Arizona has only a third of New York's population, meaning that New York's kids are much better covered.






Part of the problem is that tens of thousands of Arizona kids lost coverage starting in early 2010, when Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill to get rid of public coverage for children in order to help balance the budget. An estimated 47,000 children lost coverage.

This year, the state began its "Kids Care II" program that will cover about 21,000 children through 2014.

That's roughly 10 percent of what's needed.

The other 90 percent of uninsured children will just have to hope they don't get sick.



Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
4 comments
CasLee
CasLee

Hello, my fellow American voters!

 

I watched the Oct. 3rd, 11th, 16th, and 22nd debates. 

Romney/Ryan won all 4 debates with substance, directness, integrity, respect, clarity, facts, commitment, inspiration, and leadership. 

 

As an INDEPENDENT female feminist (egalitarian) voter, I support the Romney/Ryan ticket.

Romney and Ryan, with their no-nonsense and methodic approach to solving America’s problems, are the best persons in terms of qualifications and character to lead our country and make life better for all Americans!  

I am inspired by Romney/Ryan, and I hope that you are too!

 

 

Best regards,

 

Cas Lee

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Typical conservative ideology, make damn sure their born then FUCK EM.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Oh, and I almost forgot,

 

Make sure you have a piss poor education system so, if they do survive childhood, they'll be ignorant enough to vote republicon.

Now Trending

Phoenix Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...