Vermont children have some of the highest rates of health insurance in the US, with 97% of children under 18 having some type of health insurance [1]. Nearly 80% of families report that insurance for their children is adequate, with reasonable out-of-pocket costs, benefits that meet their children’s needs, and the ability to seek medical care when necessary [2].

Vermont families are regularly going to their pediatrician or family doctor for their young children, which supports their overall healthy development. 91% of children under 6 have seen a doctor during the last year [3]. These visits include well child visits, which are a priority in Vermont. A well child visit is a routine healthcare visit held when the child is healthy, which allows the provider and parent to focus on a child’s wellness and development, preventing future health problems. It also provides the opportunity for the family to learn about what to expect as their child grows and develops.

Additional information about how Vermont addresses the health of children and families can be found in the State Health Improvement Plan and in the Division of Maternal and Child Health’s Strategic Plan.

Return to the Table of Contents for the 2019 How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families? report.

1. The United States Census Bureau, National Survey of Children’s Health. 2016, 2017, 2018 National Survey of Children’s Health. September 2019. Indicator 3.1
Analyses of the 2016-2018 NSCH multi-year weighted data was conducted by Laurin Kasehagen, MA, PhD, an epidemiology assignee to the Vermont Department of Health.

2. Op.cit Indicator 3.4a

3. Op.cit Indicator 4.1