The number of uninsured U.S. children declined by 2.2 million, or 38%, between 2013 and 2016, according to an analysis released last week by the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center. The national uninsured rate among children fell by 2.9 percentage points over the three-year period to 4.7%, ranging in 2016 from 10.8% in Alaska to 1% in Massachusetts. "It is especially encouraging to see uninsurance rates drop in almost all states and across children of different demographic and income groups,” said report author Elizabeth Lukanen. “Given the uncertain health policy environment, ongoing monitoring of children’s uninsurance will be necessary to ensure that reductions in uninsurance are sustained."

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