Uninsured rate for children remains unchanged

September 08, 2014

Children under 18 have had a pretty low uninsured rate over the past few years, around 7%, due to previous coverage expansions of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Research shows the children's uninsured rate remains unchanged in the first six months of 2014, even as the uninsured rate for adults dropped 4 percentage points, according to the Urban Institute Health Reform Monitoring survey. Researchers see some factors that could lower the children's uninsured rate in the future: Medicaid enrollment is increasing even in states that haven't expanded coverage, which could bring more children into the program; and the healthcare law moves some low-income kids off of CHIP eligibility, where insurance premiums could be prohibitive for some families and into Medicaid. About 55% of still-uninsured children, the researchers estimate, are eligible for public coverage through Medicaid or CHIP.