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As the proportion of children covered by private health plans declined, those with public health insurance increased.

Without health insurance, most Americans could not afford adequate health care – including life- and cost-saving preventive care. Those lacking coverage often forego necessary care until a medical crisis forces them to seek expensive and potentially risky emergency treatment. 

As part of a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, King County adults were asked about the health insurance coverage for children in their households. Combining data from 2010-2012, 5.1% of King County children under age 18 did not have health insurance. This represents about 21,000 children.

For 2008 to 2012, the percentage of uninsured children in King County declined significantly, from 6.4% to 4.9%. The type of plan through which children accessed care also shifted during this time.

  • Significantly more children were covered by public health insurance in 2012 than in 2008.
  • Significantly fewer children were covered by private health insurance in 2012 than in 2008.