Medicaid’s vital role for children in Trump country

Medicaid and the related Children’s Health Insurance Progam, CHIP, provide critical protections to children in poor, rural parts of America. A majority of these areas backed Donald Trump last year. Now President Trump is pushing healthcare legislation that would dramatically cut the healthcare safety net.

There are 780 counties in the United States where the majority of children are on Medicaid or CHIP. In the 2016 election, 617 of these counties voted for Donald Trump, and 163 voted for Hillary Clinton.

Medicaid and children’s health coverage

Medicaid and the related Children's Health Insurance Program have become an increasingly important source of coverage for children.

Sources of health insurance coverage for children, 2015

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