The share of children with health coverage in the United States fell for the third consecutive year in 2019, according to census data, after decades of increases.

The decline occurred during a period of economic growth — before the coronavirus pandemic caused broad job losses that might have cost many more Americans their health insurance.

A report Friday by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families found that the ranks of uninsured children grew the most in Texas and Florida, and that Latino children were disproportionately affected. Nationally, the number of children without health insurance rose by 320,000 last year alone, to a total of nearly 4.4 million children, the report found.

“What’s so troubling about this data is we were making so much progress as a country,” said Joan Alker, the center’s executive director and an author of the report. “And now that progress is clearly reversing.”

The picture since the start of the pandemic is less clear. Many families have lost jobs that came with health coverage, which could increase the number of children without insurance. But national enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has also swelled, aided by temporary policies to prevent families from losing coverage during the emergency. More current estimates for the uninsured rates among children will take time.

In recent years, falling enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP drove the overall changes, according to the report. Although those programs for low- and middle-income children are primarily managed by state governments, Trump administration policies could be playing a role: The administration has encouraged states to check eligibility more often, which advocacy groups say has caused many families to lose coverage because of paperwork errors and missed deadlines.

And the administration’s policies on immigrant families have caused some to end enrollment for their

As the global pandemic enters its seventh month, millions of Americans lack health insurance. 

According to research by the Economic Policy Institute published in late August and taking into account jobs gained back after the worst of the shutdowns during the spring, the coronavirus pandemic has left more than six million Americans without job-sponsored health insurance. When you take into account dependents, that number rises to more than 12 million. 

“Though we don’t yet know precisely how damaging the Covid-19 shock has been to health insurance access, the shock has laid bare the huge uncertainty that employer-linked health insurance introduces into U.S. families’ lives. Even in normal times millions of U.S. households must manage coverage transitions in a given month. During economic crises, these coverage changes increasingly include transitioning into uninsured status, which puts families’ health and financial security at risk,” wrote Josh Bivens, author of the report and director of research at the Economic Policy Institute. 

Job gains have slowed and many economists worry about more layoffs. Disney recently announced 28,000 additional job losses and airline employees remain in limbo as the talks over a federal stimulus package continue. Restaurants and other small business owners say that without more federal aid they will go under and be unable to bring workers back.

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What to do if you lost health coverage

The first thing you’ll want to do is talk to a human resources representative in your company to determine when your coverage will officially end. Coverage may end immediately or you might have until the end of the month, but there is no blanket rule.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has set Oct. 26 as the new deadline by which people on unemployment must certify their eligibility if they want to claim Lost Wages Assistance program payments.

State officials estimate that between 70,000 and 80,000 Coloradans eligible for the program known as LWA have not called or logged into the state’s automated system to certify that they were out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic during the period the program covers.

That certification is required for people who are collecting state benefits to claim the $300 per week in extra support, up to $1,800 total, for the weeks between July 26 and Sept. 5.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded Colorado $553 million to pay eligible people through the LWA program. So far the state has sent out about $350 million in payments, labor department deputy executive director Cher Haavind said, leading officials to extend the certification period by a few weeks.

“We certainly don’t want these funds to go to waste, and we want individuals who could benefit from these additional funds to take advantage of this program,” Haavind said.

The state is planning an outgoing call and email campaign to reach eligible people.

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NOTE: This story contains spoilers from Tuesday night’s episode.

“This is the beginning of the end,” designer Alison Victoria foreshadows of her beleaguered partnership with contractor Donovan Eckhardt in the latest episode of “Windy City Rehab,” airing at 8 p.m. Tuesday on HGTV. It’s the dramatic twist that has been teased for months as the dubious business relationship has played out since the home renovation series debuted in 2019.

The show’s stars have continually been at the center of countless lawsuits, neighborhood complaints and stop-work orders from the city of Chicago on a number of the dozen-plus properties they have acquired with the intent to rehab and sell to local buyers.

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But now in the fourth episode of Season Two, Victoria seems to mean it when it comes to finally dissolving the partnership. At the crux of the episode is a tension-filled “all-hands-on-deck” business meeting with Eckhardt, contractor Ermin Pajazetovic and Victoria’s director of purchasing/business manager where the four go “line by line” over financial statements to uncover some of the potential budget issues with a very ’80s-inspired two-level, four-bed, three-bath condo they’ve have under construction at 200 E. Delaware Place in the Gold Coast neighborhood.

“There’s so many money issues on projects and so many questions I have … I have to get the answers. I just want to know where the money is going,” Victoria asserts. After internal audits allegedly reveal that Eckhardt invoiced for $180,000 in payments to a pair of his companies, Victoria notes that is “nearly half the renovation budget.”

When pressed about the early payouts — which negates an alleged operating agreement between Eckhardt and Victoria to split profits 50/50 upon completion of the project and sale of the residences — Eckhardt claims he invoiced for “general conditions,” including time dealing with

For six months, May Vanegas hunted her prey.

She scoured grocery stores. She arrived at Target and Walmart early in the morning, hoping to catch a delivery. She followed social media accounts, searching for clues on where her quarry was last sighted in her area.

And then, finally, one day in mid-September when the 41-year-old mother of two teenagers stopped at her local Target in San Antonio, she stumbled across what she had long been stalking: Clorox disinfecting wipes.

“My daughter and I started screaming in the store, ‘Oh, my god! Oh, my god!’” Ms. Vanegas said. “I had given up looking for them in the last month. I had lost all hope.”

Informed that the store was allowing shoppers to buy only a single canister, Ms. Vanegas and her daughter each grabbed one. The two canisters of Clorox wipes are now displayed on the kitchen counter at Ms. Vanegas’s home, trophies from this strange time when American life has been completely upended by the coronavirus.

Most shoppers these days are able to routinely buy common household items like toilet paper, paper towels, pasta and beans that had been in short supply in the early weeks of the pandemic, when consumers were loading up their pantries. But Clorox wipes remain stubbornly elusive.

“We know our products are not everywhere everyone wants them to be,” said Andy Mowery, who, as Clorox’s chief supply officer, is in charge of figuring out how to make more wipes. “It’s a point of personal frustration for me.”

With cleanliness on the minds of many guarding against the virus, the wipes have become the pandemic version of the must-have toy of the holiday season. Across social media, shoppers share where and when to find wipes made by Clorox, or Lysol — which is owned by Reckitt