Putting Out the Welcome Mat for Parents by Extending Medicaid Helps Children

While most low-income children are currently eligible for Medicaid and CHIP, low-income children (those below 200 percent of the FPL) are disproportionately uninsured. One of the best state approaches for covering these remaining low-income children is to put out the welcome mat for the whole family by extending Medicaid coverage for parents and other low-income adults. States choosing to extend Medicaid to parents directly help children by reducing the number of uninsured children, boosting children’s financial security, and providing children with better care from healthier parents.