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According to a Georgetown University report published on Thursday, after years of continuous decline, the number of US children without health insurance increased by 276,000 in 2017.
The statistic is not a big leap – the proportion of uninsured children in 2017 rose to 5 percent from 4.7 percent last year – it is still amazing. The insured rate usually stays stable or decreases during economic growth. The US unemployment rate in September reached its lowest level since 1969.
"The nation is moving forward to insure children and it is likely to deteriorate," says Joan Alker, co-author of the study and executive director of the Georgetown Children and Family Center.
Alker and other lawyers in the field of child health are to blame for this change in the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled congress, saying that Republican policies and actions have enabled them to integrate into health plans.
According to population figures analyzed by the Alger Georgetown team, the number of unaccompanied children in the United States increased to 3.9 million in 2017 from around 3.6 million years ago.
The general untapped rate for people of all ages – which fell sharply from 2013 to 2016 according to health legislation – remained unchanged (last year it was 8.8 percent).
Alker says that the proportion of children with employer-sponsored healthcare will increase unchanged in 2017, but not enough to compensate for the children entering the medical circle or getting out of Obama's insurance brokers.
Although no country has made significant progress in reducing the percentage of uninsured children, nine people saw that their number was wrong. The worst negative changes were in South Dakota (where the proportion of uninsured children increased) from 4.7 percent to 6.2 percent), Utah (from 6 percent to 7.3 percent) and Texas (from 9.8 percent to 10.7 percent).
More than 1 out of 5 unborn children across the country live in Texas – some 835,000 children – by far the most in any country.
In Florida last year, there were 325,000 uninsured children, as its uninsured rate in this age group increased by 0.7 percentage points to 7.3 percent. In California, there were 301 000 non-insured persons – their number did not change in comparison with the previous year.
Other countries with significant growth were Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Mass.
Children's uninsured rates rose almost tripled in rates that Medicaid will not be able to expand under the Affordable Care Act, according to a report. Studies show that children whose parents are insured are more likely to be ill overlay
Georgetown has tracked these figures since 2008, when 7.6 million children – or about 10% of children – did not have health care.
Since nearly all low-income children are eligible for Medicaid or the federal child health insurance program, the task is to make sure parents are aware of the programs and Alker says that the children are admitted and they have to register as long as they are entitled .
Congress allows the CHIP program to end its funding for several months in 2017, forcing countries to warn their families that admission will soon be frozen. Congress restored federal funding in early 2018.
In addition, low-income families were bombarded with news reports last year that Congress was threatening to lift the law on health, which expanded coverage to millions. And over the past two years, the Trump administration has cut funding for Obamacare Navigators who have help people register for coverage.
Alker points to Trump's September administration proposal, known as the "state duty" rule, as another factor that may have caused children to have lower health insurance. The rule can make legal immigrants more difficult to obtain green cards if they have received certain types of state aid – including Medicaid, food stamps and housing subsidies. Green cards allow these legal migrants to live and work permanently in the United States.
OLE Health, a major healthcare provider based in Napa Valley, Calif., Which serves many immigrants, says patients have dropped out Medicaid last year. Alicia Hardy, CEO of Alicia Hardy, points out that many have reduced coverage because they fear that assistance could jeopardize their immigration status.
"They are afraid of deportation," she says.
All these events may have deterred families from their children.
"The waiting rug is pulled back," says Alker, and as a result, we see more uninsured children. "
She says that the easiest way to change the trend would be if several countries expanded Medicaid under the Health Law. Fourteen countries have not done so yet. Although adults are heavily affected by adults, their parents can follow their parents.
Kaiser Health News, a non-profit news service, is an editorially independent Kaiser Family Foundation program that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Coverage of KHN child health issues is partly supported by the grant from the Heising-Simon Foundation.