More Tennessee children have health insurance.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports that the number of uninsured children in Tennessee fell by 4.4% between the years of 2008 and 2012.
The biggest change was seen in Tennessee’s Hispanic children: the number without insurance fell from 27.8% in 2008 to 14.8% in 2012.
In 2012, 5.9% of children of all racial groups in Tennessee had no insurance, less than the national average of 7.5%.
As of February, an additional 1,386 children qualified for TennCare compared to last summer’s numbers. That follows the trend of increasing coverage by public insurance programs and falling private coverage. Private coverage for Tennessee children fell from 64.2% in 2008 to 59% in 2012.