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Kentucky rate of insured kids is higher than U.S.




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New Census figures show a greater percentage of children in Kentucky have health insurance than the the nation as a whole.

The Courier-Journal reports that in Kentucky, 93 percent of children are insured, compared with 90 percent for the United States overall.

In recent years, Kentucky has worked to enroll more lower-income children in Medicaid and the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program. KCHIP provides free or low-cost health insurance to children whose families earn up to double the federal poverty guidelines, or $44,100 annually for a family of four.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced an initiative last November to enroll an estimated 67,000 eligible children in Kentucky.

The rate of uninsured children varies from 2 percent in Massachusetts to 20 percent in Nevada.


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