Millions of U.S. children are uninsured

July 31, 2003 at 2:33 PM

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- The number of uninsured children in the United States has declined despite federal studies showing an increase in the overall number of uninsured Americans.

The figures are contained in a new study by the Urban Institute's Assessing the New Federalism Project, released Thursday by Covering Kids & Families, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program.

Researchers said the decline is largely attributed to increased enrollment in the State Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid -- public programs providing low-cost and free health coverage for children.

The same survey showed 4 million uninsured children are eligible for the programs but are not yet enrolled.

Foundation CEO Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey said: "With unemployment at its highest level in almost a decade, the number of uninsured children could rise over the next year. That's why we need to redouble our efforts and enroll each and every one of the more than 4 million uninsured children who is eligible for low-cost or free health care coverage today."

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