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New report details drop in private health coverage for kids

siobhan 03/24/09

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report today that looks at trends in health coverage over the past decade. The report, called “At the Brink: Trends in America’s Uninsured,” compiles state-by-state data for a number of groups and issues. Among the trends for Washington state:

  • Washington’s uninsurance rate for children has gone down significantly, from 10.4 percent a decade ago to 7.1 percent in 2006/07.
  • Far fewer of those children, though, are privately insured. Ten years ago 73.6 percent of Washington children were insured privately; today the percentage is 67.6.
  • And families are paying far more for health coverage. While employees' contribution for family coverage has more than doubled over the past 10 years (up 127 percent), the median income for full-time workers in our state rose only 9 percent over the same time period. 

The full report, which also includes information on adult uninsurance trends, is available at:

Related reports from the Robert Wood Foundation are available here.

To read the Children’s Alliance health report “Every Child by 2010” go here.

-Ruth Schubert