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Thursday, December 1, 2011

More Children Are Getting Access to Care

USA Today has reported that in the last three years, the number of children who have access to healthcare has increased. This encouraging report comes despite a lagging economy, which had left some predicting a much gloomier outlook. The original study was conducted by Georgetown University, and it suggests that the primary reason for the increase in access has to do with states expanding eligibility for the children's Medicaid program.

Florida made the most progress, dropping from 667,758 to 506,934 during that time period, although the state still has one of the highest rates of uninsured children in the nation. Minnesota, Kansas and Wisconsin saw an increase in the number of uninsured children. Nevada has the highest rate of uninsured children while Massachusetts has the lowest, according to the report.

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