Report: More Utah kids have health insurance

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new report shows more kids in Utah have health insurance, but the trend doesn't extend to the state's Hispanic children.

Recently compiled data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show the percentage of Utah children with health insurance climbed about two-and-a-half percentage points from 2008 to 2012.

The report says about 9 in 10 Utah kids are insured but a quarter of Hispanic children are not.

Senior researcher at Voices for Utah Children Lincoln Nehring tells the Deseret News (http://bit.ly/1ee2cy2) Utah has work to do when it comes to health coverage among minority populations.

The report finds that nationwide, only Nebraska has a higher likelihood of a Hispanic children being uninsured.

Researchers say they expect overall figures to improve under the Affordable Care Act.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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