PPACA has had little impact on children's uninsured rate

The uninsured rate for Americans under the age of 18 remained at about 7 percent between the third quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014, which indicates the PPACA had little impact on children's coverage across the country, according to the findings of an Urban Institute survey.

According to a recent Gallup poll, the uninsured rate in the U.S. decreased 4.6 percent between the third quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014, bringing the uninsured rate for adults down to 13.4 percent.

However, the PPACA did not provide for the same decrease in the uninsured rate among children, as the major coverage provisions of the PPACA, such as the state option to expand Medicaid to almost all adults with family incomes at or below 138 percent the federal poverty level, were geared toward reducing the number of uninsured adults, according to the researchers.

There is some hope for the children's uninsured rate, as the survey revealed 55.8 percent of uninsured children qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program but have not yet enrolled. 

More articles on the uninsured rate:

10 states with sharpest drop in uninsured rate in 2014 
What will states lose by not expanding Medicaid? 
7 states with highest, lowest uninsured rates post-PPACA 

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