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What Happened to the Insurance Coverage of Children and Adults in 2006?

A new, detailed analysis of the latest US Census Bureau data on health insurance coverage looks behind the 2.2 million increase in the number of uninsured, examining changes by age and income. Reversing years of steady declines, the number of uninsured children has grown by one million over the last two years. And, as debate continues on reauthorization of SCHIP, the analysis shows that 48 percent of the increase in uninsured children from 2005 to 2006 was among families with incomes between 200% and 399% of the federal poverty level (roughly $40,000 to $80,000 for a family of four in 2006). Among kids, the share with employer-sponsored insurance declined by 1.2 percentage points, but there was no change in the share with Medicaid or SCHIP coverage to offset the employer decline since most children in this income group are not eligible for public coverage under current rules.

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