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Maine Shows Slight Improvement in Children's Health Coverage

A new report shows Maine is among more than 40 states that made improvements in extending health coverage to children (USDA).
A new report shows Maine is among more than 40 states that made improvements in extending health coverage to children (USDA).
October 27, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine -- It's being called a historic milestone. A report released Thursday showed 95 percent of children in the nation had healthcare coverage in 2015, following the largest two-year decline of the uninsured rate on record.

But in Maine, the analysis from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families found the uninsured rate for kids dropped by less than half a percent from 2013 to 2015. Eva Stahl, director at the New England Alliance for Children's Health, said the way Gov. Paul LePage has approached the issue of health coverage was a major factor.

"The governor's refusal to close the coverage gap for adults, his efforts to restrict access to health coverage - it's really no coincidence that we haven't seen large improvements in children's coverage in Maine,” Stahl said.

Over the two years covered in the report, Maine saw a small drop in the number of uninsured children - from 15,000 in 2013 to around 14,000 in 2015.

Joan Alker, director of the Georgetown Center and co-author of the report, said the drop in the number of uninsured children was widespread across income, racial and geographic lines. And she said many Americans are not aware of tremendous progress being made.

"We just did a poll and about half of Americans thought the number of uninsured children was actually increasing,” Alker said. "Only 28 percent were aware that the number is actually gone down. So this is a success that we've had as a country, it's not well known and it's something we can all feel good about."

In order to continue to make strides toward covering all children, Alker argued that work must continue to strengthen Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - ME