Racial and Ethnic Differences in Access to Care and Service Use for Children with Coverage through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program: A Summary

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Racial and Ethnic Differences in Access to Care and Service Use for Children with Coverage through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program: A Summary

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By 2010, Medicaid and CHIP covered 36 percent of all children and over half of all Hispanic and black children. Generally, the Hispanic, black, and white children served by Medicaid and CHIP appear to have high levels of access to care. However, black and Hispanic children with Medicaid/CHIP coverage may have more problems accessing care, relative to their white counterparts, in two areas: specialty and mental health care. While overall levels of care are similar, the magnitude of difference in specialty care requires further study to explore both the causes and the potential implications of these patterns.

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