Research Report Impact of Enrolling in Health Insurance on Low-Income Children that Enrolled for a Medical Reason
Patricia Barreto, Moira Inkelas
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Children enrolling for a medical reason in Healthy Kids reported a range of common conditions including allergies, anemia, asthma, cough/cold, stomach problems, and ear/eye infection as their reason for enrollment. A large portion (67%) of parents report enrolling because the child needed prescription medication the family could not afford. Enrollment was associated with improved access to health care and lower out-of-pocket costs. However, families of children enrolled for a medical reason faced persistent barriers in accessing sub-specialty care and demonstrated higher use of emergency department services compared to those not enrolled for a medical reason. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Los Angeles. May 2009.
Research Areas Health and health care Children and youth Immigrants and immigration
Tags Health insurance Health care delivery and payment Health equity Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  State health care reform Immigrant access to the safety net Immigrant children, families, and communities State Children's Health Insurance Program Children's health and development Federal, state, and local immigration and integration policy
Policy Centers Health Policy Center