Report: Minnesota Headed Wrong Direction On Uninsured Kids
7-25-12 -- Despite ranking fifth out of all states in the latest children's well-being report, the state is headed in the wrong direction when it comes to uninsured kids. Patrick McCarthy, head of the Annie E. Casey Foundation which issued the "Kids Count" report, says nationally the percentage of children with health insurance has increased 20-percent -- but in Minnesota it's dropped nearly the same percentage since 2008. Uninsured children now total around 84-thousand statewide. McCarthy points out another area of concern: an increase in the number of Minnesota children living in poor neighborhoods.