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Poverty, Uninsured Rates For Montana Children Continue To Decline

A table from the Montana Kids Count databook for 2018, showing social and economic characteristics in the state.
Montana Kids County

The number of children living in poverty in Montana has gone down since 2010. So has the number of children without health insurance. That's according to the latest update to the 2018 KIDS COUNT report.

The 142-page report looks at health, education, and household income related to kids on a statewide and a county-by-county level. It shows trends in key demographics like the number of minors in state care, and the number of children who receive state and federal assistance.

According to the new report, 45 percent of children pre-k through 12th grade were enrolled in a free or reduced-price lunch program in 2017.

New data shows that the number of children without health insurance in Montana continues to decrease, down to five percent in 2016, compared 12 percent in 2012.

Montana KIDS COUNT, the non-profit that issuedthe report, is located at the University of Montana and funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Maxine is the All Things Considered host and reporter for MTPR. She got her start at MTPR as a Montana News intern. She has also worked at KUNC in Northern Colorado and for Pacific Standard magazine as an editorial fellow covering wildfire and the environment.
Maxine graduated from the University of Montana with a master's degree in natural resource journalism and has a degree in creative writing from Vassar College. When she’s not behind the microphone you can find Maxine skiing, hiking with her not-so-well-behaved dogs, or lost in a book.
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