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1/3 of farm workers' children lack health insurance
Date:12/2/2008

education among many farm workers as well as more recent immigrationwhich may in part reflect acculturationnegatively affect their children's health insurance status."

"These social disadvantages may warrant increased efforts to enroll and retain eligible children in health insurance programs. Outreach efforts would need to consider other barriers that impede insurance enrollment and retention, such as the complexity of applications, language barriers, the inaccessibility of enrollment sites in rural areas and parents' fear of using services or misunderstanding of eligibility guidelines," they conclude. "Efforts to address disparities in health insurance for farm workers' children may lead to better access to health care and better health."

(Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162[12]:1175-1180. Available pre-embargo to the media at www.jamamedia.org.)


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