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Uninsured Iowa Kids


New statistics show millions of children in this country are uninsured.   The report put out by the Oregon Health and Science University looked at records of almost 40-thousand children and teens.  They found 3.3% of the children were uninsured.

In a surprising twist, many of those uninsured children are from families with working parents who do have health insurance.  Researchers say this shows many parents are able to afford employer-sponsored insurance for themselves but not for their children.

According to the Department of Human Services, roughly 50-thousand Iowa children do not have health insurance.  Most of these kids can apply for state-sponsored insurance called Hawk-I.

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