The health of children in Pennsylvania is the subject of a new report published by the Pennsylvania Partnership for Children.
The report, “The 2020 State of Children’s Health Care in Pennsylvania: Unlocking Access to a Healthy Childhood,” includes the following major findings:
- Pennsylvania has the 8th highest number of uninsured kids in the nation, with nearly 128,000 children who do not have health
- Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate for children increased slightly from 4.4% to 4.6%, signaling movement in the wrong direction.
- The most recent uninsured data from the S. Census Bureau was captured prior to the current COVID-19 pandemic, meaning more Pennsylvania kids headed into the public health emergency without basic health coverage.
- Factors such as age, poverty level, race and ethnicity and geographic region impact children’s access to health insurance. In Pennsylvania:
- Children younger than six years of age and children from low-income families are more likely to be uninsured.
- Children who identify as American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, or White have increasing uninsured rates compared to the prior
- Children who identify as Hispanic or Latino children, Some Other Race, or Two or More Races have decreasing uninsured rates compared to the prior year.
Learn more from the report “The 2020 State of Children’s Health Care in Pennsylvania: Unlocking Access to a Healthy Childhood.