Uninsured Children Numbers Drop in Iowa

kidsMore U.S. children are getting healthcare coverage, and the rate in Iowa has improved above the national average. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

October 29, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa – Thanks to expanded health coverage opportunities, there are 6,500 more Iowa children with health insurance. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families says that’s a 21.9 percent drop in the number of uninsured children in just one year.

Charles Bruner, director of the Child and Family Policy Center in Des Moines, says the change is in large part due to entire families enrolling for coverage.

“We know that if parents are covered and have an opportunity for coverage, they’re more likely to get their kids covered as well,” he says. “We want to do better, but we have come a long way in terms of reducing the number of kids who don’t have coverage.”

Iowa’s drop in the number of uninsured children was nearly six percent greater than the national average.

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