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Report finds fewer RI kids uninsured

November 15, 2010

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Children's health advocates say Rhode Island is making progress in providing health coverage to low-income children, yet nearly 20,000 youngsters under 18 remain uninsured in the state.

The group Rhode Island Kids Count will unveil a report on children's health care during a meeting in Providence on Monday.

Gov.-elect Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) is among those scheduled to address the gathering.

The report finds that Rhode Island is enrolling more children and families in the state's Medicaid managed care program, and that emergency hospital admissions and preventable hospitalizations are lower among those children.

Just under 8 percent of Rhode Island children are uninsured and the group says nearly three-quarters or those are eligible for the state program.