By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News For the first time in nearly a decade, the number of uninsured children in the United States and Kentucky increased, according to a report from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Kentucky Voices for Health graphic From 2016 to 2017, the number of uninsured children in the U.S. increased by 276,000, to nearly 4 million. About 5 percent of the nation's children were uninsured in 2017, up from 4.7 percent in 2016. In Kentucky, 6,000 fewer children had health insurance in 2017, for a total of 41,000. That's an increase to 3.8 percent, up from 3.3 percent in 2016. The report, based on Census Bureau data, found that no state saw its number of uninsured children decline. The rate did drop in the District of Columbia. "Having health insurance is important for children because it improves their access to needed preventive and primary care such as well-child visits, immunizations, and prescription drugs. Insured children are … [Read more...] about More children in state and nation lack health insurance; Kentucky kids’ uninsured rate rose to 3.8% in 2017, from 3.3% in 2016
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Just last week, the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty unveiled the Children’s Poverty Action Lab, a new organization that aims to cut the number of children living in poverty -- estimated to be more than 115,000 -- in half over the next decade.“We have aligned with so many of these nonprofit providers that are making a difference and then bringing [their efforts] in with the city government,” Montoya said. “We’ve gotta really do this in a broad way, getting the city involved, getting the county involved and bringing in the nonprofits because these are really big numbers [of disparity] our city is facing.” Montoya said solutions must include pushing information about resources already available to families like the Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program and other programs. Officials must also survey those living in poverty to learn what issues are most directly impacting that population, she said.The center also looked at other Dallas … [Read more...] about Half of women ages 15 to 44 lack health insurance in Dallas County, new report shows
SECTIONS Search E-edition Customer Service Customer Service SacBee Rewards About Us About Us Contact Us Apps Mobile & Apps Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube News in Education (NIE) Newsletters Local Sacramento Region Arena City Beat Crime Local Govt Salary Database The Homeless Marcos Bretón Transportation Education Environment Health & Medicine Traffic Conditions Weather Communities Elk Grove Folsom/El Dorado Roseville/Placer Yolo Sports Sports Kings NBA News 49ers Giants Oakland A's High School Sports Joe Davidson More Sports Raiders NFL News MLB News River Cats Soccer Colleges Golf Autos Racing Politics Politics Capitol Alert State Workers The California Influencer Series Local Elections PoliGRAPH State Worker Salary Database Legislative Gifts … [Read more...] about 2.7 million Californians don’t have health insurance. Can that number go lower?
(Reuters Health) - The roughly 50 percent of immigrants in the U.S. who have private health insurance coverage contribute more to the risk pool than they receive in benefits, a new study suggests. As U.S. lawmakers continue to tackle immigration reform, knowing whether immigrants burden or subsidize the nation’s healthcare system could be helpful, researchers write in Health Affairs. “If we’re talking about reform, we need to understand the consequences of policies put in place and the repercussions on many parts of our country,” said study leader Dr. Leah Zallman, director of research at the Institute for Community Health in Malden, Massachusetts. Recent narratives about immigrants and the healthcare system paint a picture of packed emergency rooms and patients who can’t pay their bills. But many U.S. immigrants are young, healthy and able to get employer-provided insurance, and when these people are taken into account, the insurance premiums … [Read more...] about U.S. immigrants pay more for health insurance than they get in…
The rate of uninsured Americans held firm at 8.8 percent last year despite the GOP's repeated efforts to undercut Obamacare, according to new Census Bureau data. The new data, which represents the first full year of government data under the Trump administration, shows the uninsured rate remained statistically unchanged, even as President Donald Trump attacked the law and Congress mounted unsuccessful attempts to repeal it. Story Continued Below The number of uninsured Americans has substantially decreased since enactment of Obamacare. The first year the law's coverage expansion took hold, in 2014, the uninsured rate dipped from 13.3 percent to 10.4 percent, according to the Census Bureau. Since then, the rate continued to decrease slightly, with the number hovering close to 9 percent in 2015 and 2016. For the first time since Obamacare's passage, Democrats are using health care to their advantage in the midterm elections, arguing that Republicans and the Trump administration are … [Read more...] about Census: Uninsured rate held steady in Trump’s first year