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New Data Shows 96.7% of RI Kids Had Health Care Coverage in 2014

Thursday, September 17, 2015

 

96.7 % of RI Kids had health insurance coverage in 2014

Rhode Island Kids Count has released new data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2014 American Community Survey. The ACS provides national and state-level data on poverty, income and health insurance coverage. 

Health Insurance Data 

This ACS Data is for 2014, the first year that the federal Affordable care act was fully implemented. The data addresses private coverage and public coverage, including medicaid/CHIP. 

According to the ACS, 96.7 % of Rhode Island's children had health insurance coverage and 3.3%, of Rhode Island children do not have health insurance coverage.  The State ranks seventh in the country and third in New England for children's health insurance coverage. 

On a national level, 6% of all U.S. children lacked health insurance coverage. 

“These data show that our long standing commitment to covering Rhode Island children is paying off. There is more good news for Rhode Island children and families – our RIte Care program was recently ranked best in the country for quality of care. Rhode Island is leading the country in delivering high quality care, and we need to continue to make this worthwhile investment in the health of our children and families," said Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island Kids Count. 

Poverty Data 

This poverty data is based on the federal poverty threshold which is an annual income of $19,073 for a family of three with two children and $24,008 for a family of four with two children in 2014. 

According to the ACS in 2014, 19.8 % of Rhode Island's children lived in poverty while the state ranks 26th in the country  and last in New England for percentage of children in poverty. 

RI Kids Count

Rhode Island Kids Count was founded by 1994, becoming an independent nonprofit organization in 1997.

The mission of Rhode Island Kids Count is to improve the health, safety, education and economic well-being of Rhode Island's children. 

RI Kids Count does this by providing independent, credible, comprehensive information on Rhode Island's kids and use that information to influence or change public policies. 

Click here for more information. 

 

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