Children under age 19 without health insurance

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Having health insurance is important for individual families for several reasons. Uninsured people receive less medical care and less timely care, they have worse health outcomes, and lack of insurance is a fiscal burden for them and their families. When the uninsured do have to seek medical treatment, often costs are borne by hospitals providing free care and eventually these costs are passed on resulting in higher health costs for everyone.
For more information see:  Urban Institute- Why Having Health Insurance Is Important

What the data shows
For 2016, the counties varied between 4% of children being uninsured to 8%, with the counties of Lincoln and Washington having the highest rate and Cumberland and Androscoggin the lowest rates.
For the state as a whole, the rate of uninsured increased between 2010 and 2014, but has gone down between 2014-2016. The percent uninsured for all of Maine for children ages 0 -18 is 4.8% in 2016.
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