A new study stated that in 2008, as many as 7.3 million children were uninsured on an average day. Florida, California and Texas house about 39 per cent of eligible uninsured children that totals to 1.8 million.
Researchers led by Genevieve M. Kenney, a senior fellow at the Health Policy Center, Urban Institute, in Washington, D. C., said, "We found substantial variation in participation rates across states and among subgroups of children. We also found that the majority of uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid/CHIP but not enrolled are concentrated in a small number of the most populous states."
It was recently stated by secretary of health and human services Kathleen Sebelius that millions of uninsured children eligible will be enrolled for public insurance.
Two key public insurance programs are Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Obama administration is anxious to demonstrate its concern for the underprivileged.
It has been noted that following the enactment of CHIP in 1997, the coverage of children has indeed been rising. It was also noted that the number of low-income uninsured children was declining.