We know that health insurance is linked to all sorts of improved outcomes for kids. Certainly, health insurance is important when accidents happen, like that broken arm from falling off the monkey bars. But health insurance also helps keep kids from getting sick, whether through immunizations or by getting treatment for a minor illness before it becomes major. And since sick kids stay home from school, illness means missed access to important lessons from the day.
Unfortunately, not all Nebraska kids have health insurance. In fact, almost 27,000 children were uninsured last year. Here’s a closer look, by race and ethnicity, at where some of the gaps in insuredness occur.