Researchers from Cornell and Harvard have found that children who have health insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) go further in school than children who are uninsured, according to a recent report. Compared to their uninsured counterparts, children covered by Medicaid or CHIP are more likely to complete high school, as well as attend and complete college. Medicaid or CHIP health coverage helps children perform better academically through adulthood, which can help them succeed in life.
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Federal funding for CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires in September 2015. At a time when we are expanding health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, we must also ensure that CHIP—which, as of June 2013, provided health coverage to 5.7 million low-income children—continues well beyond next year. If Congress does not extend CHIP in 2015, millions of children will be left without affordable health insurance.
Data shows that African Americans suffer more from certain health conditions than non-Hispanic whites.
States Should Implement or Expand Continuous Eligibility to Prevent Disruptions in Health Coverage for Kids
As states gear up for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, more children than ever will be able to get health coverage through Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or their states’ health insurance marketplaces. But many of these children are predicted to experience mid-year changes in eligibility (caused by shifts in household income), which could mean that they have to switch health insurance programs. When children move between health coverage programs or in and out of coverage multiple times a year—a process called “churning”—their health can suffer.
Examines the negative effects on children's health when they lose health coverage during the year due to fluctuating family income and discusses how coverage disruptions place a costly burden on states.
Explains that some low-income families may not be able to afford health coverage in the health insurance marketplaces until CHIP premiums are reduced or eliminated.
As a child, going to the dentist is almost a rite of passage—like your first haircut or your first day of school. But for many American children, visiting the dentist is a childhood tradition they don’t have the luxury of experiencing. And what these children are missing out on isn’t as simple as getting a toothbrush emblazoned with their dentist’s name or having a fun story to tell their friends—they are missing out on important health care. The lack of dental care for our nation’s children is a health care crisis that has for too long been woefully ignored.
Buried deep in the fiscal cliff deal passed last week was a big win for low-income kids. With the change of one number, Congress made it easier for tens of thousands of kids to get and keep health coverage.
How did they do it? They extended for another year the option for states to use Express Lane Eligibility to enroll kids in coverage.