Health

Health2021-09-15T12:23:21-05:00

The Problem

Decades of hard fought progress to expand access to comprehensive, affordable health and mental health coverage through expansions of Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought the rate of uninsured children in America to a historic low.  However, our nation shamefully reversed course and the number of uninsured children in America has been steadily increasing since 2016.  In 2019, an estimated 5.7 percent of children under age 19 (nearly 4.4 million) were uninsured—an increase of 320,000 more children without health insurance since 2018.   Children living in poverty 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.

Our Vision

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.

The Solution

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:

Jump to a Policy:

Kathleen King
Kathleen KingInterim Policy Director

Explore Our Policy Priorities