This Issue Brief examines children’s health coverage trends using the National Health Interview Survey from 2010 through the third quarter of 2022 and reviews recent research findings from the National Survey of Children's Health on children’s access to and utilization of health care services during this period, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent national survey data show that the uninsured rate among children (ages 0-17) fell from 6.4 percent in late 2020 to 4.5 percent in the third quarter of 2022, suggesting 1.4 million children have gained coverage. These gains have nearly erased the loss in children’s coverage that occurred between 2016 and 2020. The report concludes with a discussion of recently enacted policies related to health coverage, including expanded Marketplace subsidies and 12-month continuous eligibility in Medicaid/CHIP for children, elimination of the “Family Glitch” that affected Marketplace subsidy eligibility, and the potential coverage implications of the end of the continuous enrollment provisions on March 31, 2023.
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