Addressing Coverage Challenges for Children Under the Affordable Care Act

Addressing Coverage Challenges for Children Under the Affordable Care Act

Maximizing insurance coverage for children under the Affordable Care Act will require considering how the new system and its rules will apply to children facing complex coverage scenarios. The purpose of this brief is to explore several scenarios in which children may face particular challenges in accessing health insurance coverage.We find that roughly 20 million children live in situations that create particular challenges in accessing insurance coverage due to within-family variation in eligibility for different types of coverage and that nearly 28 million children live apart from at least one of their parents, creating additional complexities in accessing coverage.

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