Brief Racial and Ethnic Differences in Access to Care and Service Use for Children with Coverage through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program
Genevieve M. Kenney, Christine Coyer, Nathaniel Anderson
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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.
Research Areas Health and health care Social safety net Race and equity Children and youth
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  Racial and ethnic disparities State Children's Health Insurance Program Children's health and development Medicare Maternal, child, and reproductive health Social determinants of health Families with low incomes Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial inequities in health