22 percent of MI children in poverty in 2015

22 percent of MI children in poverty in 2015

22 percent of MI children in poverty in 2015

Louisiana, New Mexico and MS are the lowest-rated states.

The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book uses 16 indicators to rank each state across four domains - health, education, economic well-being and family and community - that represent what children need most to thrive.

Georgia lags slightly behind the national number with 7 percent of kids lacking health insurance, improving from 10 percent uninsured in 2010. "Some of the greatest advances have been among black, Latino and Asian children, and the expansion of Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a core reason for it".

According to recent estimates, more than 200,000 New Mexicans could lose health insurance under a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and pushed by Trump's administration. Benso said that can be attributed to a lack of state and federal funding for programs, which leads to a lack of access.

The health of Hoosier children is lagging behind other states. Ninety-six percent of Kentucky children are enrolled in health coverage, up from 94 percent in 2013. "Minnesota is consistently one of the top states in the nation in child well-being".

"They had been at historically good levels, and both the high school dropout rate and the teen birth rate continued to drop this year", Speer said. During the same time child and teen death rates went from 22 per 100,000 to 26 per 100,000.

Economic well-being is measured by child poverty rates, family employment housing costs and the number of teens not in school and not working.

The highest ranking the state received among the four categories was 30th in education. There are less eighth graders who are proficient in math, but there was a bump in high school students who graduated on time.

There is a bright spot in the data when it comes to the percentage of children with health insurance.

As for education, Maryland ranks 12th in the nation, another slight improvement.

KIDS COUNT is a program of New Mexico Voices for Children and is made possible by grants from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. "Rarely do we have serious discussions about prioritizing the needs of children, even though failing to do so threatens America's future".

One area of stagnation is Iowa's child poverty rate, which is at 15 percent. "As parental employment improves, we begin to see improvements in other indicators of economic well-being".

MS ranked in at number 50, while New Hampshire was named the best place to be a kid.

Georgia improved in rank with regard to the first two factors, but fell in the latter two.

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