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Michigan lags in measures of child well-being

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A report says Michigan lags many other states in measures of child well-being.

The assessment comes in the 2012 Kids Count rankings released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The report says Michigan ranks 32nd among the 50 states in child well-being.

It's ranked among the 10 worst when it comes to the percent of children living in high-poverty areas and for children living in families where no parent has a full-time, year-round job.

Jane Zehnder-Merrell is Kids Count in Michigan project director at the Michigan League for Human Services.

She says the report reflects "troubling trends."

Michigan has ranked 30th in the past two Kids Count reports.

One bright spot, according to the report's authors, is that most Michigan children are covered by health insurance.

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