- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The number of uninsured children in Virginia was an estimated 107,000 in 2014.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1MwT1tx ) a study from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families reveals that the number of uninsured children in the state has increased from 5.4 percent in 2013 to 5.7 percent in 2014, although the change was not statistically significant.

Virginia now ranks 33rd in the nation in terms of the number of insured children. Last year, Virginia ranked 17th.

Margaret Nimmo Crowe, who is executive director of the advocacy group Voices for Virginia’s Children, says last year, Gov. Terry McAuliffe made a policy change so that qualifying state employees can enroll their kids in FAMIS, which is Virginia’s health insurance program for children.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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