From the Wisconsin Examiner, a report shows that there is a growing number of uninsured children in the Badger state.

After falling steadily for at least eight years, the number of children without health insurance rose nationwide for the second year in a row in 2018 with Wisconsin ranking 21st out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families which is based on an analysis of U.S. census data.

Overall, the number of children in the U.S. without coverage grew by 400,000 from 2016 to 2018, to a total of more than 4 million.

And while Wisconsin was not among 15 that the report singled out as having a statistically significant increase in the number of uninsured children, William Parke-Sutherland, health policy engagement coordinator for Madison-based Kids Forward told the Wisconsin Examiner, “we saw basically stagnation when we should have seen growth in health coverage.”

Kids Forward, a non-partisan policy advocate for Wisconsin families and children, works closely with the Georgetown center and received an advance copy of the report.

“We used to be a leader in insurance coverage for kids,” Parke-Sutherland added. “Now we are behind all of our bordering states” — Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, and Illinois.

If Wisconsin were to catch up with Iowa, where just 2.7% of children lack health coverage, Parke-Sutherland said, “we’d have about 15,000 fewer kids uninsured, so it’s pretty significant.”