More than 70% of the 8.4 million U.S. children without health coverage already are eligible for Medicaid or State Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage.[@@]

Researchers at the State Health Access Data Assistance Center have published those figures in a report on a study of federal survey data conducted on behalf of Covering Kids & Families Back to School Campaign, a national campaign organized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J.

Only 12% of insured children went without professional medical care for an entire year, but 33% of the uninsured children had to go for a year without professional care, the researchers write.

In related news, the Covering Kids campaign is launching an effort to educate families about existing children’s health coverage programs.

The campaign will organize health and enrollment fairs throughout the country, and it will be working with banks, supermarket chains and large drug store chains to get the word out.