Key Issues in Children's Health Coverage

Key Issues in Children's Health Coverage

There is much at stake in the debate taking place over reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program, repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and the future of Medicaid, an issue brief from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation finds. The brief, Key Issues in Children's Health Coverage (11 pages, PDF), argues that while the expansion of Medicaid and CHIP eligibility have helped push the uninsured rate for children in the U.S. to 5 percent, an all-time low, future legislative action could reverse those gains, with likely reductions in coverage for children resulting in reduced access to care and preventive services, which in turn would negatively affect children's long-term health, educational outcomes, and opportunities as adults. The brief also argues that the loss of CHIP funding and cuts to federal financing for Medicaid would increase financial pressure on already-strapped states and healthcare providers.