Report: More Children Uninsured

Washington (AP) -- A report is raising concerns about insurance coverage for low-income parents and for children.

The report says about 47 percent of parents in families earning less than $40,000 a year are offered health insurance through their employers. That's a nine-percent drop during the past decade.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the research, says the figure underscores concern that low-income parents are experiencing a dramatic erosion in employee benefits.

The research also indicated that about nine million children are still uninsured, even though about two-thirds of them potentially could participate in existing government programs if only their parents would enroll them.

The states with the highest percentage of uninsured children were Texas, Florida and New Mexico. The states with the lowest rates were Vermont, New Hampshire and Michigan.

Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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