KIDS COUNT Data Highlight Changes in Child Poverty
Kansas ranks in the bottom half of states for the number of children without health insurance, according to the 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and released by Kansas Action for Children.
Rankings in the KIDS COUNT Data Book are based on 16 indicators of child well-being organized into four categories: health, economic well-being, education, and family and community. Each state is ranked overall and in each of the four categories. Kansas ranked 16th overall. The Data Book shows that 60,000 Kansas children do not have health insurance, putting the state 30th in the nation on this indicator (data from 2010). Although efforts are under way to increase enrollment in the state’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program, Kansas’ rank has dropped seven spots in two years.
Missouri ranked 26th overall.