Thanks in large part to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 95 percent of all children in America have health coverage. But despite tremendous progress expanding access to health coverage to children across America, 1 in 18 children were uninsured in 2018—nearly 4.3 million. Poor children and children of color have worse access to healthcare and worse outcomes than their higher-income, white counterparts. Children with unmet health needs fall behind developmentally and have trouble catching up physically, socially and academically.
All children in America should have access to health and mental health coverage and care that is comprehensive, affordable and easy to get and keep regardless of income, zip code, place of birth or immigration status.
We work to ensure all children in America have access to health and mental health coverage and care that is comprehensive, affordable, child-appropriate, and easy to get and keep regardless of income, zip code, place of birth of immigration status. We must: