Covering Parents Helps Kids

While historic progress has been made in lowering the number of uninsured children in the United States, the number of uninsured parents – almost 12 million in 2010—has soared as fewer employers offered their workers health insurance and strict eligibility limits were in place for adults in need of Medicaid coverage.  The Affordable Care Act offered states the opportunity to provide cost-effective Medicaid coverage to more uninsured adults, including nearly 5 million parents.

Roughly half the states have not yet accepted the federal funding to cover more of their residents. When parents are healthy and insured, their families are more financially secure and their children and more likely to have their health needs met.

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Karina Wagnerman
Karina Wagnerman is a Senior Health Policy Analyst at the Center for Children and Families

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