- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Newly released federal data show that the number of children without health insurance in Rhode Island dropped last year, putting the state below the national average.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1guY0vy ) that according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the rate fell to 3.3 percent in 2014 from 5.4 percent in 2013.

It’s lower than the national average of 6 percent. Rhode Island is ranked seventh in the nation and third in New England, up from last place the previous year.

The poverty rate among children under 18 dropped to 19.8 percent, from 21.5 to 19.8 percent, or about 84,000 children. The state ranks 26th in the nation.

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