South Dakota children's health coverage on the rise - KOTA Territory News

South Dakota children's health coverage on the rise


By Barrett Phillips

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Report, which is based from the American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, says the decline of uninsured children in the state fairs with the national average.

The share of uninsured children in South Dakota fell from 9.2 percent in 2008 to 4.2 percent in 2012. This results in only one in 24 remaining uninsured.

While more children in the state obtained coverage, how they got it has changed with 24.1 percent receiving public health insurance in 2008 compared to 29.1 percent in 2012.

The national average fell from 9.7 percent to 7.4 percent.

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