Report: More PA Kids had Health Insurance During Pandemic

A new report says during the pandemic, more children were able to keep their health insurance in the Commonwealth.

The “State of Children’s Health” report – by Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children – says the gain was small, but an important reason for it is that states were not allowed to take people off of Medicaid during the pandemic public health emergency.

This allowed many children to stay covered. Becky Ludwick, vice president of public policy with Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, said the report reflects the most recent figures from the American Community Survey.

“So, our report compares the 2019 numbers to the 2021 numbers, which are the most current numbers available,” said Ludwick. “And what we found was that the Pennsylvania rate improved slightly. It was at 4.6% and it improved to 4.4% of uninsured children.”

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