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Under Trump, Number of Uninsured Kids Rose for First Time This Decade

November 29, 2018 / Phil Galewitz

After years of steady decline, the number of U.S. children without health insurance rose by 276,000 in 2017, according to a Georgetown University report released Thursday. While not a big jump statistically the share of uninsured kids rose to 5 percent in 2017 from 4.7 percent a year earlier it is still striking. The uninsured rate typically remains stable or drops during times of economic growth. In September, the U.S. unemployment rate hit its lowest level since 1969.