Bear with a stethoscope Tackling the problem of child underinsurance may require large-scale policy reforms such as broadening eligibility for Medicaid or creating a universal health insurance program for all U.S. kids. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new analysis led by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers indicates that the rate of underinsured children rose from 30.6% to 34% between 2016 and 2019. That’s an additional 2.4 million kids. Families who have children with special health care needs and private insurance were hit particularly hard, researchers say.

The study, published Dec. 6 in Pediatrics, notes that underinsurance of children was mainly driven by increased rates of inadequate insurance rather than a rise in absent or inconsistent insurance.

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