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Millions of citizen children could lose coverage due to public charge rule, study says

Healthcare coverage for children born in the U.S. to noncitizens has improved significantly over the last several years. But a recently proposed rule from the Trump administration could reverse those gains, according to a new analysis from the Urban Institute.

The uninsured rate among citizen children with noncitizen parents decreased dramatically between 2008 and 2016, falling from 16% to 6%.

Many of these children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. Of the 10.3 million citizen children with at least one noncitizen parent, 6.8 million were enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP in 2016. The 6.8 million enrolled children represent a fifth of all children in the programs.