Child Health Facts

Child Health Facts


Colorado Child Health Coverage Facts

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, as of 2014, about 5.6%, or about 70,000, of Colorado’s kids are uninsured.
  • According to the Colorado Health Institute, as of 2014, 9 percent of Colorado’s kids were eligible for Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) but not enrolled in either program. Of Colorado kids who are eligible for tax credits through the state exchange, 49 percent were uninsured as of 2014. In total, three out of four uninsured kids in Colorado in 2014 were eligible for some type of assistance with coverage.
  • Although uninsured rates for Colorado’s kids have reached historic lows, disparities remain. The uninsured rate for Hispanic/Latino children in Colorado in 2014 was 10 percent, which is more than twice as high as that for any other racial or ethnic group.
  • Insurance coverage is the first step in increasing access to health care, but in 2015, according to the Colorado Health Institute, one in five Medicaid enrollees didn’t get care they needed because the doctor’s office didn’t accept their insurance.



Covering kids ensures better access to care

Uninsured children are:

  • 70% more likely to have ear infections go untreated
  • 6x more likely to go without necessary medical or dental care
  • 30% less likely to receive care for injuries
  • 9x more likely to be hospitalized for a preventable problem

Covering kids gives families peace of mind

  • 90% of uninsured children come from families where at least one parent works
  • Health insurance premiums have risen by 87%
  • 1 in 10 parents and 1 in 5 low-income parents delayed their children’s health care due to cost
  • Colorado has the fastest growing rate of kids living in poverty

Covering kids is a wise investment for Colorado

  • Colorado ranks 49th among states in per capita spending for Medicaid and 31st for CHP+
  • Every $1 invested in new health care spending generates $2.44 locally
  • Medicaid is the single largest source of federal funding in Colorado’s state budget