Since 1997, the rate of uninsurance among children has dropped by more than 68 percent and is at an historic low. We have come too far to turn back, and it is time to finish the job. All children in America should 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 or immigration status. To achieve this goal, the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) will evaluate health coverage/reform proposals based on their specific treatment of and impact on child health coverage and care.
First and foremost, the proposal must do no harm to children and build on progress already made in expanding children’s coverage. Today, 57 percent of children in America are enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, where coverage is affordable, comprehensive, and child-appropriate, which is what children need.
CDF believes any health reform proposal must: