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About 9% Of Hispanic Kids In Oregon Don't Have Health Insurance

A new study out of Georgetown University finds Hispanic kids are one-and-a-half times less likely to be insured than their peers. Rates in Oregon are better than average, but not much.

Since 1997, the rate of uninsured kids in the US has halved -- thanks to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Hispanic kids have also seen steady progress. But not as much as their peers. Last year, about 11 percent of Hispanic kids nationwide were uninsured -- compared to seven percent of all kids.

Sonya Schwartz with Georgetown's Center For Children and Families says Oregon has a long way to go to catch up with Washington DC: "DC is covering more than 99 percent of it's Hispanic kids and that's pretty amazing, so there's still a way for Oregon to go. They can still do better."

About nine percent of Hispanic kids in Oregon are uninsured. That was in 2013 -- the year before health reform came into effect.

Oregon's Hispanic population is growing five times as fast as the state's general population.

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