Study shows more children getting health insurance

Children's Healthcare

(KYTX) -It may be hard to believe, but a new report shows the number of children with health insurance has increased across the nation and here in Texas.

According to Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families, the number of children insured rose 133,000 from 2010 to 2012.

Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP as we know it, and Medicaid have played a big role in this.

Even though Texas rejected the expansion, the study shows more children are still getting signed up for those programs.

Despite these improvements, Texas still has the highest number of uninsured children in the United States, more than 860,000.

"Anything can happen, absolutely anything."

Fawn Cowart should know.

With a nine-year-old daughter, she says there are plenty of times she's been grateful for health coverage.

"When she got pneumonia. Whenever she had to get dental work done. We were very thankful she had insurance then. Any hospital stays- having to get tonsils and adenoids taken out. Because, if we didn't have insurance, that would have been very pricey."

Wendy Bratteli with Threlkeld Insurance says not all moms are insuring their kids.

"In Texas, we're going to still always have an uninsured problem here. We have a huge population relative to the other states."

But there are options available.

"That's where I look at the parents. I'm thinking, go get your children signed up for the CHIP Get them signed up for the Medicaid. If it's available, go do it because we know there are kids out there eligible for those programs who are still not signed up."

Bratteli says the key is to sign your children up for health coverage before there's a problem.

"That saves healthcare costs immensely. And, when it's a public program, that saves the taxpayer a lot of dollars. It also saves the family a lot of dollars. And, it saves the children and the family, you know, a lot of heartache."

For moms like Cowart, there's no putting a price tag on your child's health.

According to the Georgetown report, more than 650,000 children gained health coverage between 2010 and 2012 in the United States.


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