According to a report by the
When broken down -- excluding the 4.8 percent of uninsured children -- 46.5 percent of children's health coverage is provided by employers while 35.7 percent is provided by
When more adults across the state began looking at their health insurance options, they also discovered opportunities to insure their children too, Carte said, adding that partnerships with schools have also helped identify uninsured children.
Still, challenges remain.
Carte said that 2.8 percent of the Mountain State's uninsured children translates to 11,000 individuals. When looking at individual counties, she said many of these kids live in rural areas and are hard to reach. In some cases, she said, they had insurance that expired.
Moving forward, Carte said WVCHIP will continue to reach out to families and help enroll those who are still uninsured. However, with more and more families inquiring about health insurance, Carte said she was hopeful about future trends, especially considering the willingness of hospitals and community clinics to help people understand and navigate the Affordable Care Act.
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