Study: More Children in W.Va. Have Insurance

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A study shows the percentage of West Virginia children who lack insurance fell from 6.7 percent in 2008 to 4.5 percent in 2012.

That translates to 1-in-22 children remaining uninsured.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report released Thursday said the decline compares favorably to the national average during the same period. It fell from 9.7 percent to 7.5 percent in 2012.

While more children were insured during that period, how the coverage was obtained has changed. More children are under public insurance coverage such as Medicaid as opposed to private insurance.

In 2008, for instance, 32.7 percent of children received public health insurance compared to 35.3 percent in 2012.

The report also found that more children in low-income families saw significant gains in coverage.

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