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In recent years, health care spending has taken a front seat, ushering in new federal laws such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) . With this in mind, the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) decided to study the trends in health care spending as it related to children. The results, released by HCCI in a report titled, “Children’s Health Spending: 2009-2012,” focused on the fee-for-service claims of 10.5 million children per year from 2009-2012, under the age of 19, who were privately insured.
HCCI found that employer-sponsored insurance for children increased 5.5% per year between 2009 and 2012, with the most money spent on infants and toddlers (ages 0-3) than any other age group and the most dollars spent on boys (14 and younger) than girls. Spending by gender included:
Additional study findings include: