protection for mandated coverage for well care visits, 18 million could
lose autism care, and 16 million children could lose lead poisoning
-- Funding for public insurance programs for low-income children could be
reduced, through McCain's proposed reductions in Medicaid spending.
The report also concludes the following with regard to Senator Obama's
-- The plan seeks to ensure that all of the more than 8 million children
currently without health insurance will become insured through
combination of public and private coverage options and by requiring
parents to enroll their children in coverage.
-- Successful public programs will be expanded and strengthened to provide
coverage to more children. The Obama plan would continue and expand
Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP),
critical programs that act as safety-net coverage for children.
-- Tens of millions of children will benefit from improved consumer
protections in the private health insurance market.
"When it comes to health care, children are not simply little adults, and their special needs are often neglected, overlooked, or assumed in federal health care policymaking. Sadly, kids have been overlooked in this year's congressional hearings and analysis of health reform proposals by the presidential candidates. This is the case despite the fact that children represent almost one-third of the non-Medicare population in America," said Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, a bipartisan organization dedicated to making children a priority in federal policymaking, who commissioned this report.
"We have commissioned this independent research to identify the
opportunities and concerns with the candidates' health plans and how they
would impact the hea
|SOURCE First Focus|
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