Navigation Links
U.S. Unemployment Having Impact on Kids' Health Care Coverage - and That Puts Their Health at Risk

Studies Demonstrate That Children Have Unmet Health Needs When Parents Lose


CINCINNATI, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Two new studies conducted by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center point to the negative impact of parental job loss on children's healthcare and the importance of having continuous health insurance coverage to meet children's healthcare needs and reduce healthcare disparities.

The studies will be presented Saturday, May 3 at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Honolulu.

"These studies describe a situation that should be of grave concern to parents, health care providers and policymakers," says Gerry Fairbrother, Ph.D., a researcher in the division of health policy and clinical effectiveness at Cincinnati Children's who was an author of both studies. "The impact of not having insurance coverage in place year-round hurts children in many ways, including not being able to get the prescribed medications they need, and not having a regular source of health care -- and that puts their health at risk."

The first study shows that children whose parents lose or change jobs were twice as likely to lose their health care coverage as children whose parents did not lose or change jobs. In addition, children with private insurance were more than three times as likely to lose coverage.

"This is a particularly disturbing finding, coming at a time when job loss is becoming more common due to the economy," says Dr. Fairbrother, Ph.D., the study's lead author. "As unemployment rises, more and more children are likely to experience a break in coverage that affects their health care. Our study showed that most of these children are eligible for public coverage but are not getting the coverage to which they are entitled. Much more needs to be done to reach out to children with private coverage when their parents experience job loss or change."

Dr. Fairbrother's study examined data collected over two years from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States. She examined the effect of parental job loss in an early round of data collection with children's insurance coverage in a later round. Children who lost insurance when their parents lost or changed jobs were more likely to be poor, black, from Spanish-speaking homes and reside in the southern United States, according to Dr. Fairbrother.

The second study examined children who did not have continuous coverage -- insurance in place consistently year-round -- and found that they had unmet health care needs similar to the chronically uninsured. These children were three times as likely to have unfilled prescriptions and 14 times as likely not to have a usual source of health care as insured children.

This study used data on 15,447 children up to the age of 17 from the Ohio Family Health Survey, which was conducted from Oct. 2003 to July 2004. The lead author of the study was Joseph Schuchter, an epidemiologist at Cincinnati Children's. Dr. Fairbrother was senior author.

The PAS meeting, sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, is the largest international meeting to focus on research in child health.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, one of the leading pediatric research institutions in the nation, is dedicated to changing the outcome for children throughout the world. Cincinnati Children's ranks second among all pediatric institutions in the United States in grants from the National Institutes of Health. It has an established tradition of research excellence, with discoveries including the Sabin oral polio vaccine, the surfactant preparation that saves the lives of thousands of premature infants each year, and a rotavirus vaccine that saves the lives of hundreds of thousands of infants around the world each year. Current strategic directions include the translation of basic laboratory research into the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of disease, and furthering the development of personalized and predictive medicine. Additional information can be found at

SOURCE Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers estimate about 9 percent of US children age 8 to 15 meet criteria for having ADHD
2. More reports of children having trouble falling asleep than maintaining sleep
3. New Survey Finds that over Half of MRSA Patients Report Having Received No Information about the Disease from Health Care Providers
4. Overweight mothers run greater risk of having hyperactive children
5. Having Lots of Kids Helps Dads Live to 100
6. Nine Questions to Help You Protect Your Heart Before Having Surgery
7. Having Twin Sister Boosts Mens Anorexia Risk
8. Having Boys as Friends Can Boost Young Girls Drinking Risk
9. Teens find the benefits of not having sex decline with age
10. Leading National Patient Advocacy Group Delivers Warning to U.S. Patients: Having Health Insurance Does NOT Mean Your Medical Needs Will Be Covered
11. Who is Your RD? To Mark First Registered Dietitian Day, American Dietetic Association Urges Everyone to Start Having an Annual Nutrition Checkup
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Serenity Point Rehabilitation, a holistic treatment ... video interviews with some of the staff members at their recovery center. The videos ... as well as some of the things that make their recovery program so unique. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health ... Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility for treating individuals living with morbid or extreme obesity. ... available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their healthcare ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... American Specialty Health Fitness, ... have announced their endorsement of the Medical Fitness Network (MFN), a national health ... have the MFN as one of our endorsed organizations,” said ASH Fitness Vice ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... of patented products, announces Innovative Blending, a household invention that revolutionizes the vending ... Juice & Smoothie Bars market is worth $2 billion," says Scott Cooper, CEO ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Dehydration, defined as a loss ... to perspiration in the hot sun, and heat stroke and death will quickly follow. ... radio host Sharon Kleyne. Every cell, system and structure requires water to function properly. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... Inc., an industry leader in LCD screen protection and glare-elimination technology, is providing a vital solution ... patient monitoring or electronic documentation system. Photo - ... ... ... A study in 2013 by the National Institutes of ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 24, 2015 Abaxis, Inc. (NasdaqGS: ABAX ... consumables for the medical, research, and veterinary markets worldwide, ... Officer, will present at the 27 th Annual ... at 11:30 a.m. ET. The conference will be held ... New York City . Abaxis, Inc. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... SCHAUMBURG, Ill. , Nov. 24, 2015  Wellness Center ... (PSI) November shipments of its flagship product, Psoria-Light® (PL 1000), to targeted ... , Houston, Minnesota , and North Carolina ... , Cleveland , Chicago , and ... --> --> Revenue for the earlier shipments reported on ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: