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Report Shows Number Of Uninsured Children Is Decreasing

The number of children without health insurance in Indiana has dropped nearly 1.5 percent in the past four years.

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Racial, ethnic and economic disparities all narrowed as the number of uninsured Hoosier children dropped nearly 1.5 percent.

The number of uninsured Hoosier children dropped nearly 1.5 percent to 8.2 percent from 2008 to 2012, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report released today.

The report also shows the racial, ethnic and economic disparities all narrowed. That coincides with more children receiving coverage under public programs, while fewer received private coverage.

Bill Stanczykiewicz, Indiana Youth Institute President, says that’s likely a result of the recession.

“There’s been a greater interest in Medicaid in Indiana and for kids that is the CHIP program,” he says. ”And we see a significant increase in all sorts of social services, such as food stamps, Social Security disability insurance, kids signing up for free and reduced price meals.”

Stanczykiewicz says, regardless of the reason, it’s great news to see more kids insured because it means more regular healthcare from the same physician.

“When they know your medical history, your prevention increases and your treatment improves as well,” he says.

Stanczykiewicz says increased employment will help continue to cover more children but it’s too early to say what sort of impact the Affordable Care Act will have.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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