This morning the Senate passed its version of the health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As we wind down the year here at CCF, comprehensive reform remains closer at hand than at any time in recent history. While the bill is far from perfect, children and their parents have an enormous amount to gain from reform moving forward. (For the full scoop on the latest Senate version, check out CCF’s latest factsheeton all the relevant provisions.) We look forward to the New Year in the hopes that it will bring much needed change to our health care system.
- The ACA has the potential to cut the number of uninsured children by 40%. (Source:Improving Coverage for Children Under Health Reform)
- The ACA has helped maintain or improve access to preventive services for 54% of children. (Source: ACA Protects and Improves Access to Preventive Care for Children)
- 47 states have applied for or received increased federal funds to make major upgrades to Medicaid enrollment systems (Source: Getting Into Gear for 2014)
- In 2012, 92.8% of children in the United States had health insurance coverage. (Source: Children's Health Coverage on the Eve of the Affordable Care Act)
- In January 2014, eligibility levels for parents and childless adults will significantly increase in the 26 states, including DC, that are expanding Medicaid to adults. (Source: New! Getting Into Gear for 2014)