NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children's Defense Fund-New York Executive Director Naomi Post issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Census Bureau's release of state data showing that in 2016 101,066 children in New York have no health insurance, and 2,577 children gained health coverage. New York ranks sixth among states for having the lowest percent of uninsured children (2.6 percent), but ranks as seventh highest among states for the number of uninsured children only behind Texas, California, Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
"Today's health insurance numbers show progress toward our goal for every child in New York to have access to affordable, high-quality health and mental health coverage. The misguided and mean-spirited efforts by the current administration and Congress to 'repeal and replace' the ACA and make enormous cuts to Medicaid - which the CBO has estimated will cause more than 20 million Americans to lose coverage - would be a giant step backwards on the huge strides that we have made in providing health coverage to all children. These numbers demonstrate the importance of continuing to move forward with successful health program such as CHIP which has been proven to work for over 300,000 children in New York and which needs to be renewed now.
New York needs support from Congress and this administration to finish the job and lead the nation in healthy children. We must not endanger our children's lives with foolhardy efforts to destroy our nation's health programs. The evidence is all in: children with access to health coverage do better in school, are more likely to graduate, and are healthier and earn more as adults. Let's take action together to ensure these programs remain in place and benefit not only our children today but to build a stronger economy for New York tomorrow."
The Children's Defense Fund-New York Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
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