April 20, 2016

WE'LL REFORM IT, NOT REPEAL IT:

19 Years and Counting, Children's Health Insurance Is a Big Winner (Eric Pianin, April 20, 2016, Fiscal Times)

Earlier this month, a Gallup-Healthways survey showed that the uninsured rate had fallen from 18 percent to 11 percent among adults between 2013 and the first quarter of 2016, a drop of nearly 40 percent.

That was the lowest uninsured rate in eight years, according to Gallup, and was due in large measure to Obamacare, including its provisions for expanding Medicare, and employer provider insurance due to job growth.

A new study released this week confirms that the federal Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) -- which matches state funds for health insurance for families with children --  expanded Medicaid in 26 states, and Obamacare are having a profound impact on the share of children and the lower middle class who are still struggling without health care insurance.

The report, issued by the Urban Institute, found that the uninsured rate among children 18 years and younger fell 68 percent between 1997 - the year CHIP was introduced -- and 2015. The study showed that the decline was relatively steady over much of the past 18 years, and picked up steam during the first two full years of Obamacare, in 2014 and 2015.

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