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Care and Coverage of the Nation’s Children: A Resource Page

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are serving as an important safety-net for children during the current recession. These programs have contributed to a decrease in the uninsured rate for children, but many eligible children remain uninsured despite the availability of Medicaid and CHIP coverage today. Provisions to strengthen coverage for children are included in both the 2009 Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The Administration has made covering all eligible children a key priority through its Connecting Kids to Coverage initiative. This renewed effort to reach eligible but uninsured children will help prevent children from needlessly forgoing medical care.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has several resources that explain children’s health care coverage and can serve as helpful reference guides in understanding the crucial role that public coverage plays for this population. These materials include state level data on children’s coverage and background on Medicaid and CHIP, which together provide coverage for almost one-third of all children.