The number of Colorado kids without health insurance is likely to increase further after thousands of families lost employer-based coverage in the economic fallout from COVID-19. (Vperemen.com/Wikimedia Commons)
October 12, 2020
DENVER — Even before the coronavirus pandemic brought the economy to its knees, the number of Colorado children without health insurance was on the rise, according to a new Georgetown University Center for Children and Families report.
In 2019, 73,000 kids in Colorado were uninsured, a 28% increase from three years earlier.
Erin Miller with the Colorado Children’s Campaign said between 2018 and 2019 alone, nearly 10,000 more Colorado kids lost coverage, the largest single-year increase in more than a decade.
“Seventy-three thousand Colorado kids went into the pandemic lacking health insurance coverage, lacking access to health care services, lacking the financial security that health insurance provides,” Miller stated.
Colorado’s rate of uninsured kids, at 5.5%, is close to