How Restructuring Medicaid Could Affect Children

More than one-third of America’s children rely on Medicaid for their health care, and more than half of Medicaid recipients are children. Medicaid’s existing structure has helped states respond to every economic downturn, natural disaster, epidemic or innovative treatment since the program was enacted in 1965. As recently as last year, Congress put forth proposals to fundamentally restructure Medicaid financing with the goal of saving money for the federal government in the short- or long-term. Ultimately, restructuring Medicaid would erode health coverage for children and their families.

Elisabeth Wright Burak is a Senior Fellow at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families.