- Latino children disproportionately receive their health coverage through Medicaid or CHIP. Together, these programs provide coverage for more than one-third (37.6 percent) of all children, but more than half (52.1 percent) of Latino children.
- Adopting Medicaid and CHIP policies that remove barriers to participation and reduce gaps in coverage would narrow inequities in health coverage and access for Latino children.
- 12-month continuous coverage advances health equity by promoting continuity of treatment for low-income children who experience disproportionate rates of health disparities.
- Additionally, research shows that continuous eligibility policies significantly improve the continuity of children’s enrollment in Medicaid and are cost-effective.
- Without policies like 12-month continuous eligibility in place, higher COVID-19 case rates and lower vaccination rates could lead to even longer-term inequities in access to care.
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