KIDS COUNT Report: Uninsured Rate for Montana Children Continues to Drop

April 25, 2019

UM News Service

MISSOULA – The number of uninsured children in Montana continues to drop, according to the recently released 2018 Montana KIDS COUNT data book.

The book is made possible by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and is released to highlight information pertaining to state demographics and indicators to help improve resources and opportunities for Montana children. It includes data on a wide range of indicators at the state and county levels, from household median income to the number of children in state care across Montana.

The percent of Montana children under the age of 18 without health insurance decreased from 8% in 2014 to 5% 2016. Comparatively, in 2011 and 2012 the rate of uninsured children was 12%.

According to the 2018 KIDS COUNT data book, the population of Montana grew from 974,989 in 2010 to 1,038,656 in 2016, an increase of 6.5 percent. During the same period, the child population rose from 219,828 to 227,377. This difference in growth is due in part to a falling Montana birth rate, as well as to an influx of adults from other states.

The Montana KIDS COUNT data book is available on the Montana KIDS COUNT http://www.montanakidscount.org/publications/montana-data-book/. To order a printed copy, email info@montanakidscount.org. Learn more about Montana KIDS COUNT at www.montanakidscount.org.

Montana KIDS COUNT is housed in the Bureau of Business and Economic Research in the College of Business at the University of Montana. It is a grantee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and part of the National KIDS COUNT network of grantees in all 50 states and U.S. territories working to provide access to high quality data and research to inform policy decisions that impact children and families.

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Contact: Thale Dillon, , Montana KIDS COUNT, UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 406-243-2780, thale.dillon@montanakidscount.com..