Caring for West Virginia Children

For all the liberal claims that Obamacare merits credit for providing health insurance coverage to those who lacked it previously, some states have been doing the job just as well – or better – without it.

West Virginia is on that list. In 2008, 6.7 percent of Mountain State children were not covered by health insurance, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. By 2012 -before Obamacare kicked in – the percentage had dropped to 4.5.

In contrast, the national average is 7.5 percent of children without health insurance coverage. It was 9.7 percent in 2008.

Mountain State residents and officials have used several methods to ensure as many children as possible have access to health care. The Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs have been important, and it should be noted they are state-federal partnerships.

What about those 4.5 percent of children who lack insurance? Do they not have access to care?

Sadly, a few do not. But health care providers throughout the state, including both doctors and dentists, go out of their way to provide care to children without insurance. We know of no instance of a child refused hospital care because of inability to pay.

As we have noted many times, we West Virginians love children – anyone’s. The health insurance report is merely the most recent proof of that.