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Report: Plateaued data on SD kids’ economic well-being ‘concerning’

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024   

South Dakota ranks well in the country for the economic well-being of its kids, according to a new study, but a ranking does not tell the whole story.

The annual Kids Count Data Book, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, tracks year-to-year changes in children's well-being. The report showed data around the economic welfare of South Dakota children stayed about the same between 2019 and 2022.

About 15% of South Dakota kids live in poverty and 22% have parents who lack secure employment, both lower than the national rates.

Xanna Burg, director of South Dakota Kids Count, said the state should see improving numbers, not stagnant ones, paired with recent trends including low unemployment and increased household incomes.

"We would expect childhood poverty to also be kind of declining," Burg asserted. "Since we're not really seeing that trend continue, we're concerned that children and families who have the least resources are still struggling in that they're not being reflected in some of these more statewide measures."

Similarly, South Dakota improved in the arena of children's health coverage between 2019 and 2022. But Burg noted the numbers changed dramatically in 2023, when the unwinding of Medicaid's continuous enrollment provision happened.

According to a Georgetown University report, nearly 29,000 South Dakota children lost coverage between March and December of last year, a 28% decrease and the highest in the country.

"I'm really concerned with the health insurance numbers in South Dakota," Burg emphasized. "And how policymakers can be thinking about ways to reach the eligible but uninsured population in South Dakota."

Disclosure: The Annie E. Casey Foundation contributes to our fund for reporting on Children's Issues, Education, Juvenile Justice, and Welfare Reform. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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