ALBANY, NY – The number of children without health insurance is on the rise nationwide, according to a new report, but New York is holding up.
The report, from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, found that between 2016 and 2018, the number of uninsured children nationwide increased by more than 400,000 while New York City continued to reduce that number. .
Kate Breslin, president and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, said with just 2.5% uninsured, the state ranks fifth in the country for the percentage of people covered.
“I think one of the things we are doing well is to continue to make sure all children are covered, whether they are in urban or rural areas,” she said. “New York has been a beacon for this.”
However, she warned that the Trump administration’s proposed “public charge” rule has sparked fears among immigrant families, which has prompted many to withdraw from important health programs.
Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown Center, noted that other states have made it more difficult to enroll in or maintain Medicaid or the children’s health insurance program.
“We hear a lot across the country that parents have to file a lot more paperwork than before,” she said, “and also be cut – many times without even realizing that their child has been cut up. ‘they show up in the doctor’s office. “
She said federal attacks on the Affordable Care Act, cut funding for awareness and elimination of the individual coverage mandate have also reduced the number of children insured.
Breslin said that it is more difficult for adults to obtain health insurance not only threatens their own ability to stay healthy, but also threatens their children’s access to health care.
“It’s important that we remember how important it is for parents to be covered,” she said, “because children are more likely to get the care they need when parents are covered. “
The report says that even a short-term loss of Medicare puts a family at risk of poverty due to medical debt.
Georgetown’s report is online at ccf.georgetown.edu, and a state-specific data center is at kidshealthcarereport.ccf.georgetown.edu.
receive more stories like this by email