The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has cut the nation's uninsured rate for nearly every demographic. But the law's impact has one exception: kids.

The uninsured rate for residents under 18 has remained relatively steady at about 7 percent during the first six months of 2014, according to the new Urban Institute Health Reform Monitoring Survey. Researchers say the report is the first measure of PPACA's effects on children's coverage.

Though the children's uninsured rate is low — comparatively, Gallup numbers put the average uninsured rate for adults at 13.4 percent — it still hasn't budged since PPACA implementation. Meanwhile, the Urban Institute said the uninsured rate for adults dropped 4 points over the past year.

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