ERIC Number: ED426800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Uninsured Children in the South: Second Report.
Shuptrine, Sarah C.; Grant, Vicki C.
Medicaid continues to be viewed as a primary funding mechanism for providing health coverage for children in poor and low-income families. In order to make informed decisions about health coverage for children, states need data on uninsured children and the potential role Medicaid can play in reducing the number of children who are without coverage. The Southern Institute on Children and Families released the first report on uninsured children in the south in November 1992. The report provided estimates of uninsured children by state, with age and income breakouts related to Medicaid. This is the second such report and covers the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The source of the estimates of uninsured children is the Current Population Survey (CPS). A major finding is that, of the 9.4 uninsured children in the United States in 1993, a total of 4.1 million (43%) resided in the south. Only 36% of all children lived in these 17 southern states. The report includes recommendations on actions states can take to reduce the number of uninsured children, and an appendix contains Medicaid amendments expanding eligibility for children. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.
Authoring Institution: Southern Inst. on Children and Families, Columbia, SC.