‘This Is Just Cruelty and Exclusion’: Amid Trump’s Attack on Poor, One Million Fewer Kids Receiving Medicaid and CHIP

Oct. 22, 2019 | Julia Conley

“This is not people reaching self-sufficiency,” warned Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

From 2016 to 2018, the number of uninsured children rose by 400,000—largest declines in Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, and Idaho.

Tennessee Justice Center says counties in Tennessee with the highest unemployment rates also have the highest numbers of uninsured children.

Largest declines in children’s Medicaid coverage also occurred in states that implemented new rules requiring families to fill out more paperwork and give proof of income more often—a likely challenge for a population in which people frequently move to new homes and change jobs.

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