(Ohio) – More than 41,000 kids under the age of six are uninsured in the Buckeye state.
Officials indicate that number has steadily increased over the last two years. While reports show that uninsured children are still taken to the hospital in an emergency, they are missing out on regular visits with doctors. Well-checks for children are designed to ensure they are on track with development and missing them can lead to issues down the road.
Over the last two years, the number of children uninsured under the age of six has increased across the nation. In Ohio, that number rose from 3.6% to 5% in just 24 months and sits above the national average of 4.5%.
Efforts are underway across the state to launch new programs and services and/or to support existing programs and services designed to reduce those numbers.