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Minnesota: Number of Children Without Health Insurance Increasing Across U.S.

The national rate of uninsured children increased from 4.7 percent in 2016 to 5.0 percent in 2017, ending a run of nationwide gains in children’s coverage that lasted from 2008 through 2016 and bringing the total number of children nationwide to nearly 4 million. This is according to a new annual report on children’s health insurance coverage from the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

“This analysis is concerning because research has shown that uninsured children have fewer visits to see physicians and to address chronic conditions as well as use fewer preventive health care services compared to insured children,” said the report’s lead author and SHADAC deputy drector Ms. Elizabeth Lukanen.

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