- Associated Press - Monday, November 2, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A new report says 97 percent of children in West Virginia are covered by health insurance.

The report by Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families says West Virginia’s 3 percent rate of uninsured children is among the lowest in the country.

The report ranks West Virginia fourth in the nation. Massachusetts is ranked first with a 1.5 percent rate of uninsured children.

According to the report, West Virginia reduced the number of uninsured children by 43.7 percent from 2013 to 2014.

West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program director Sharon Carte says the state faces many health challenges. She says in a news release that the low rate of uninsured children provides a foundation on which to build a healthy future.

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