U.S. Census Bureau: Number of uninsured children in America surges

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For the first time in nearly a decade, the number of uninsured Americans is up.

A new U.S. Census Bureau report also shows more children don't have coverage.

The number of uninsured children increased by 425,000 in 2018.

The U.S. Census Bureau report indicates the uninsured rate in children jumped from 0.6% to 5.5%.

According to the report, 7.7% of kids in the south do not have health insurance.

That is the highest rate in the country.

The report says this jump is mainly due to the decrease in the number of children covered by Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center responded to the report.

"Giving every child a pathway to success through comprehensive coverage is not a Republican value or a Democratic value," said Michele Johnson.

"It's an American value."

Johnson also criticized lawmakers and says she is disappointed by their actions.

"It is coordinated, aggressive decisions made by both national and state leaders to play politics with our kids' futures," she said Tuesday.

27 and a half million Americans were uninsured in 2018.

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