PODCAST: Ohio saw kids’ health coverage drop slightly during pandemic

(OHIO NEWS CONNECTION) – Ohio saw a slight spike in the number of its youngest residents without health insurance during the pandemic, even as the number of uninsured kids nationwide dropped by 5%, according to a new report. Kelly Vyzral, senior health policy associate for Children’s Defense Fund Ohio, explained in 2019, the number of uninsured Ohio children swelled to rates not seen in decades. She said groups worked to improve Medicaid outreach and enrollment when the pandemic hit. She pointed out the state could do more to improve outcomes by enacting what’s known as “continuous eligibility” for children through age six.

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