Survey: Big drop in uninsured Nevada kindergartners

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An annual health survey of Nevada kindergartners shows a big drop in the percentage of children without health insurance.

The seventh annual report from the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas showed 7.6 percent of kindergartners were uninsured last school year, down from 12.6 percent a year earlier.

Report authors attribute the change to more children receiving Medicaid coverage.

But the study also found a slight increase in the percentage of kindergartners who are at an unhealthy weight. The percentage of underweight children went up slightly to 16.1 percent, and the percentage of overweight children went up slightly to 31.5 percent.

The results are based on a questionnaire distributed to parents of Nevada kindergartners in Fall 2014. About 7,000 surveys were returned.

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