How Far Can the Healthy Kids Program Go in Closing Coverage Gaps for Children in Los Angeles County?

Research Report

How Far Can the Healthy Kids Program Go in Closing Coverage Gaps for Children in Los Angeles County?

A Baseline Analysis With the 2002/2003 Los Angeles County Health Survey

Abstract

One in every ten children in Los Angeles County lacked health insurance coverage in 2002/2003. This brief uses L.A. County Health Survey data to assess how these children could be reached. Findings suggest that the Healthy Kids Program and L.A.'s Children's Health Initiative have the potential to substantially reduce uninsurance rates for L.A.'s children without eroding private coverage. A renewed push to enroll more children in public health programs could also reduce the uninsurance rate variations especially with respect to citizenship status.

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