More than 95 percent of Ohio children have health coverage as the uninsured rate fell to
historic lows in the wake of Obamacare.
A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families credits Medicaid
expansion under the Affordable Care Act for the decline in uninsured children.
In Ohio, 26,000 children gained coverage between 2013 and 2015, the analysis showed, leaving
an estimated 115,000 under the age of 19 without health insurance.
The state’s rate of uninsured children during that time fell to 4.4 percent, down from 5.3
percent, and just under the national average.
Advocates for children applauded Ohio leaders for the 2014 expansion of Medicaid, the
tax-funded health care program for the poor and disabled. The move, they said, helped more kids
gain coverage since the 1997 creation of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, a joint
federal-state program for children whose families have modest incomes but now low enough to qualify
for Medicaid.
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