Report: Childrens' coverage varies widely by state

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The report credits public programs like Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program for giving children access to healthcare even as the number of children living in poverty soared from 13.2 million to 15.7 million. It notes that private coverage for children fell during the 2008-2010 period (from 64.1 percent to 59.6 percent of children covered) while the percentage of children in public programs increased from 30.2 percent to 36 percent.

The report was released in conjunction with Capitol Hill briefings on Medicaid and children's coverage.