POSTED: 6:54 a.m. HST, Feb 7, 2011
The federal government is reporting that Hawaii has one of the sharpest increases in children enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Hawaii child enrollees rose nearly 15 percent between the 2009 and 2010 fiscal years, the fourth highest increase in the nation.
That represents a jump of 18,000 additional children signed up for the CHIP and Medicaid programs.
In all, nearly 142,000 children were enrolled in either of the programs in 2010.
Only Alabama, Montana, Oregon and North Carolina had larger yearly increases.
The enrollment data were included in the annual report of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, which is designed to give states more opportunities to improve program access.