Wisconsin ranks low in children’s health

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Baby at the doctor's office.
Baby at the doctor's office.

BALTIMORE, MD- According to a report from the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, Wisconsin ranks 28th in the nation for children’s health. 2017’s edition of the Kids Count Data Book showed that Wisconsin’s children are not doing well in terms of rates of insurance coverage and other health indicators.

Hope Kirwin at Wisconsin Public Radio reports:

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Wisconsin 12th in the nation for overall child well-being. But the state continues to rank in the bottom half of states for children’s health.

The 2017 Kids Count Data Book ranked Wisconsin 28th in the United States after comparing low birth-weight among babies, the number of kids without health insurance and other health indicators.

Ken Taylor, executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, said the state has made improvements to child health over the years.

“The main change is that other states are improving faster than we are,” Taylor said. “Many states are taking advantage of some of the things that are happening at the federal level, particularly through the Affordable Care Act, to improve health for kids, to improve the level of insurance for kids. We as a state chose not to do that.”

Read more at Wisconsin Public Radio.