5.5 percent of children in Minnesota under age 6 lacked health care coverage. Uninsured children are less likely than insured children to receive preventive health care, medical care for common childhood conditions and, when hospitalized, are at greatest risk for increased morbidity and mortality. Untreated health problems and a lack of preventive care contribute to higher rates of serious illness, absenteeism in preschool, physical and emotional distress, and long-term disability.
Minnesota Early Childhood Risk and Reach was developed by the University of Minnesota (Harris Training Programs in the Center for Early Education and Development) and Wilder Research in partnership with the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services.
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