The statewide rate of uninsured children -- defined as those under 19 years old -- was 5.2 percent in 2017, up from 4.5 percent in 2016. In Massachusetts, by contrast, just 1.5 percent of children are uninsured.
Growing up without health coverage can alter the path of a child’s life, for the worse. Uninsured children are more likely to have unmet health needs, the Georgetown report says. Untreated medical conditions ultimately lead to missed school days and reduce a child’s chances of educational success.
The number of children without health insurance in Kansas shot up by 5,000 last year. The figures are part of a nationwide increase in uninsured children.