Study: Kansas in Middle on Kids' Health Issue

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A new study says about 3.1 percent of the Kansas children who have chronic illnesses aren't covered by health
insurance.

The nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports that 108,000 children in Kansas have special health care needs. The foundation defines the term as a condition lasting 12 months or more that requires prescription drugs or more-than-usual health services.

About 3,400 of those children aren't covered by either private health policies or government health insurance programs.

Twenty-five states have higher percentages than Kansas, according to the group's report.

The group based its figures on a 2007 survey of about 40,000 households compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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