Children without health insurance by age

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Why This Indicator Matters

It's a lot smarter to prevent a problem than to wait until it is a crisis. Health insurance plays a crucial role in children's health by making it possible for children to receive access to both preventative care and acute and chronic illness care. Improved access to effective health care means improvement to the health of children nationwide. Children with health insurance, whether public or private, are more likely than children without insurance to have a regular and accessible source of health care. Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) play a crucial role in providing coverage for uninsured youth; these programs provide coverage for more than one if hour children. Solutions like these- that get everyone to participate in the health insurance system- make healthcare more efficient and affordable for us all.
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Definitions: Children not covered by health insurance by age

Data Source: Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research, University of Delaware

Footnotes: *Some Delaware indicators are presented as three- or five- year averages because rates based on small numbers of events in this modestly-populated state can vary dramatically from year to year. A three- or five- year average is less susceptible to distortion. In these cases, it is helpful to look at trends rather than at actual numbers, rates or percentages due to the small numbers.