What are the Implications of Losing Healthy Kids?

Research Report

What are the Implications of Losing Healthy Kids?

July 22, 2010

Abstract

This report examines the state of the L.A. Healthy Kids program in light of recent economic and political challenges. In particular, this paper explores what may be lost if Healthy Kids' must close due to insufficient funds for children 6-18 premiums. Implications of closing the program identified include the loss of health insurance coverage for roughly 80,000 children across California, a weakened health care safety net, decreased health care access for adults and parents, loss of an outreach funding source in Los Angeles county, far-reaching effects on children's attendance and school performance, and loss of momentum towards universal children's coverage.

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