More Than 20 Million Children Still Lack Healthcare Access


A large number of children in the United States still experience several barriers to getting access to healthcare, according to a new report from Children’s Health Fund (CHF).

The new report, “Unfinished Business: More Than 20 Million Children in the U.S. Still Lack Sufficient Access to Essential Health Care.” Shows 20.3 million U.S. children—28% of the pediatric population under the age of 18—are without adequate health care.

The findings are based on three considerations a) children who are uninsured, b) those who are insured, but do not receive regular primary care, and c) children who are publicly insured, connected to primary care, but do not receive essential and timely specialty care.

“While children’s health care has experienced increased and significant attention in recent years, our analyses show there is still a long way to go before we can claim that all U.S. children have access to the care they need. There has been a persistent misconception that simply providing health insurance is the same as assuring effective access to appropriate health care. It isn’t,” said Dr. Irwin Redlener, Co-Founder and President of Children’s Health Fund, and the paper’s lead author. “Although Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and most recently the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insure more children than ever before, millions of kids are not getting the care they need.”

The report provides recommendations for policymakers as the United States prepares for the administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump.


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