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Ohio Sees a Troubling Increase in Uninsured Children

CityBeat |

An annual report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families reveals there were 27,000 more uninsured Ohio children in 2019 than in 2016.

Kelly Vyzral, senior health policy associate for the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio, said that’s a 26% increase, and ranks Ohio seventh in the nation for the number of children without health coverage. “Right around 131,000 children are uninsured,” Vyzral explained.

At almost 5%, Ohio’s rate of uninsured kids mirrors the national rate and reverses a longstanding positive trend.