Most of the 8.6 million uninsured children in the U.S. come from working families, according to a report released by national consumer group Families USA.
The report, Left Behind: Americas Uninsured Children, is based on new Census Bureau data and reflects aggregated data from 2005 through 2007. It does not reflect the worsening economic situation this year.
Nearly 89% of uninsured children come from families where at least one parent works, and more than two-thirds of uninsured children live in households where at least one family member works full-time, year-round, the report stated. More than 60% of the nation's uninsured children come from low-income families.
The report specifically provided information on the current status of health coverage for children in each state. The five states with the largest number of uninsured children are Texas, California, Florida, New York, and Georgia, respectively. Together, the uninsured children in these five states account for nearly half of all uninsured children in the country, the report stated.
These findings call attention to the fact that the State Childrens Health Insurance Program needs to be reauthorized and expanded, Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, said during a teleconference.
The statutes temporary extension expires on March 31, and is likely to be one of the first things the next Congress and president deal with on healthcare, Pollack said. -- by Jennifer Lubell