Poor Children Health

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - According to a new report, children in Georgia families living near the federal poverty line are nearly five times as likely to suffer ill health than their wealthier counterparts.

The report by New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks infant mortality and children's health based on such factors as family income and education.

The report shows 14.6 percent of Georgia's nearly 2.3 million children have less than optimal health.

The number is 26 percent for the poorest kids. Among children with parents making more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level, only 5.7 percent are in less than top health.

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