Health Insurance Coverage for Children up in 2004; Number of Uninsured Adults Stable

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Health Insurance for Children

Health insurance coverage for children showed continued improvement in 2004, and the percentage of working-age adults without insurance coverage, which had been climbing in recent years, did not increase last year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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The data, based on CDC's National Health Interview Survey, provides estimates of insurance coverage for the United States in 2004. For the first time, the latest survey also includes statistics on insurance coverage for the nation's 10 largest states.

The report, which tracks insurance coverage since 1997, finds that the improvement in coverage for children reflects an increase in public coverage, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program, for poor and near-poor children.

Highlights of the report on

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