Health insurance for children showed improvement in 2005

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies

Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released two reports describing new estimates of health insurance coverage and other major indicators of health and health care. American children experienced the greatest increase in health insurance coverage since 1997, but coverage for all Americans continues to vary by state. It was found that there were an estimated 41.2 million persons of all ages (14.2 percent) without health insurance in 2005, down from 15.4 percent in 1997. During the same time period, however, only 8.9 percent of children were without insurance, compared to 13.9 percent in 1997. This is good news considering that all of us hope that any child receives the best available health care when needed. With respect to different parts of the country, Massachusetts was best with only 6 percent of its residents lacking coverage; Texas, on the other hand, was worst with 24 percent of its population lacking health insurance. Does this say something about the politics of each of these states? Anything about blue versus red states? Just wondering...

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