ACA Helps Bring Child Uninsured Rate Down to New Record Low
Resource type: Research Report
Georgetown Center for Children and Families |
The children’s uninsured rate in the United States declined significantly after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, according to this report from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families.
All income and racial groups and areas of the country reflected this national decline in uninsured children, with 25 states showing a significant decrease in the number of uninsured children and no state showing a significant increase.
Health coverage for children leads to improved access to care, better health outcomes and stronger educational achievement.
- The rate of uninsurance among children dropped to a historic low of 6 percent following implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014.
- Some states saw much greater improvements in children’s coverage than others.
- States that extended Medicaid coverage to more uninsured adults saw nearly double the rate of decline in uninsured children as compared to states that didn’t accept the ACA’s Medicaid option.
Georgetown Center for Children and Families is an Atlantic grantee.