Report examines Pennsylvania's uninsured kids

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 2, 2013 2:29 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Nearly 148-thousand kids in the Commonwealth lack health insurance, according to a new report from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

PPC spokesman Mike Race says it equates to about one in 20 children across the state.

He says ongoing efforts to cover more Pennsylvania adults could have a ripple effect on children's insurance.

"Whether that's done through Medicaid expansion or Governor Corbett's alternative proposal -- there's research that shows if uninsured parents obtain insurance, they are more likely to have their children insured as well," he explains.  

Race says the current state budget provides additional outreach funds for Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

He says he's optimistic the group's third annual report on the state of children's health care will show a decline in uninusred kids.

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