In early 2003 San Mateo County, California launched the Children's Health Initiative (CHI), to ensure that all children have access to comprehensive health insurance coverage. Healthy Kids covers uninsured children below 400 percent of poverty and primarily serves poor, undocumented Latino children. A survey of parents of Healthy Kids enrollees found that in the first year of enrollment, children experienced improvements in access to and use of medical and dental care; a reduction in missed school days due to health problems; reduced unmet need; increased parent confidence in getting care and satisfaction with quality; and reduced financial worries. Moreover, use of preventive and dental services continued to improve during the children's second and third years of continuous enrollment.
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