Slightly Fewer Kansas Youths Uninsured

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A new report says slightly more Kansas youths were covered by public health insurance in 2010 than in 2008.

The study released Tuesday was paid for by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funds health research and programs.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health analyzed government census data and found that 22.3 percent of Kansas youths had public health insurance in 2010, compared to 20.1 percent in 2008. And the study says the percentage of Kansas youths with private insurance coverage dropped to 69.9 percent in 2010 from 71.6 percent in 2008.

The study also found that the number of Kansas children living in low-income households jumped by 60,000 from 2008 to 2010, the latest numbers available.

Nationally, 31 percent of children had public insurance and 60 percent private insurance in 2010.

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