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For the first time, millions of parents will be eligible for affordable health insurance. That's good news for children: as more parents become insured through the new marketplace exchanges, the Medicaid expansion, and requirements on private insurers, their children are more likely to become insured. Children with uninsured parents are three times more likely to be uninsured than children with insured parents.
Parents with insurance are also healthier and spend less on health care costs, making them better equipped to support their children physically and financially. Furthermore, the ACA requires parents newly eligible for Medicaid to ensure their children have coverage before they themselves can enroll, a feature we hope will result in many of the already eligible but uninsured children getting signed up for Medicaid or CHIP.
Check out thisreport from our friends at the Georgetown Center for Children and Families to learn more.