Arkansas Kids With Insurance Seeing Doctors More

AUGUST 2, 2005 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A new report says more than one-third of uninsured Arkansas children did not see a doctor for an entire year, while eight in ten children with health insurance received medical attention.  The report, entitled "Going Without: America's Uninsured Children," was compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

It says 37 percent of Arkansas children without health insurance received no medical care while 82 percent of children with insurance received care.  The report is to be released in Washington today as part of a national kickoff for the foundation's Covering Kids & Familes Back-to-School Campaign.

According to the report, the figure for uninsured Arkansas children who saw no doctor was higher than the national average of just under 33 percent.

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