Here’s Where Children Rely Most on Medicaid



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In Arkansas, 61 percent of all children get their health insurance coverage through the program. How does your state or local area compare?

For kids in rural areas and small towns, Medicaid is a critical link in the health coverage chain—and its importance has only grown over time.

According to a new report, between 2014 and 2015, 45 percent of children in rural counties received their health coverage through the program. The researchers also found that more kids depend on Medicaid in rural and small-town American than in metropolitan areas, where 38 percent of children are covered.

The study, a collaboration between the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, and the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program also found that in 14 states more than half of all young people are enrolled in Medicaid—the three states with the highest percentages of children covered by the program are Arkansas (61 percent), Mississippi (60 percent) and New Mexico (59 percent).

(via Georgetown University Center for Children and Families)

Read the full report to see how Medicaid coverage has changed across the country over time. And, explore this interactive map to see the percentage of children covered by the program in your county.

Quinn Libson is a Staff Correspondent for Government Executive's Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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