Rhode Island ranked third-highest in the country for the percentage of children with health insurance coverage, according to census data released Tuesday by Rhode Island KidsCount.
In Rhode Island, 97.8 percent of residents under age 19 had health insurance in 2016.
Massachusetts had the highest children’s coverage rate – 99 percent – followed by Vermont, at 98.5 percent.
The national average rate was 95.3 percent – up from 93.8 percent in 2014, according census data.
Elizabeth Burke Bryant, executive director of Rhode Island KidsCount, said much of the progress can be attributed to the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
“We need to ensure continued progress in Rhode Island and the nation,’’ she said in a statement, “through a strong reauthorization by Congress of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and continued support for Medicaid.”
In Rhode Island, more than 36 percent of children are covered by Medicaid, also known as Rite Care. An estimated 5,000 children in Rhode Island have no health coverage.