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New state scorecard on children's health care finds wide geographic disparities
Date:2/1/2011

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The authors note that previous research has shown that when parents have health insurance coverage, their children are more likely to also have coverage and get needed health care. When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, expanding access to insurance coverage to all low- and middle-income family members, children as well as parents will experience enhanced health and financial security. Assuming full implementation of the law, the report finds that rates of children with health insurance coverage will dramatically improve in every state, and parents will share in that progress. By 2019 insured rates are projected to be as high in every state as they are in the top-ranked stated today.

"We are entering a new era in American health care," said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis. "We made a commitment to insuring children a decade ago through Medicaid and CHIP. Now we have not only redoubled those efforts, but also expanded that same protection to their parents through the Affordable Care Act, finally giving the entire family the best chance to be healthy and productive without fear of ruinous medical bills."


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Contact: Mary Mahon
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212-606-3853
Commonwealth Fund
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