Providing health insurance for kids

It appears there are more avenues than ever for states to ensure as many children as possible are covered by health insurance. So why were nearly 12,000 fewer Ohio youngsters covered in 2018 than in 2016?

Gov. Mike DeWine is among those disturbed by the report, published in the Columbus Dispatch. He has asked state Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran “to see what steps we can take to deal with this.”

There are many possible answers to the question. One is that some Ohio families who once qualified because of income for children’s health insurance have become more prosperous and are no longer eligible.

But if there are other answers — and, most likely, there are — state officials should be finding solutions. In 2016, 3.6% of Ohio children were not covered by health insurance, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families reported. By 2018, the percentage had climbed to 5. Clearly, something is wrong.


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