Posts for Children's Health

The Affordable Care Act is Keeping Young Adults Healthy for the Holidays

Thanks to a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 2.5 million young adults will be healthy for the holidays this year. As we’ve blogged about previously, the ACA allows most young adults under 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans if they

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program Buffer the Impact of the Recession on Children

In most respects, children have not been exempt from the impacts of the current economic downturn. The number of children living in poverty in the United States rose to 15.7 million in 2010—a 19 percent increase from 2008. Despite this bleak picture, a ne

New Steps in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

In the United States, childhood obesity is an epidemic. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that 17 percent of children between ages 2 to 19 are obese. CDC data also show that since 1980 the prevalence of obesity among

Check Health Care Off Your Back-to-Campus List

For students heading to college, fall is a season full of the excitement and distraction of a new environment, new friends and new classes. With all of the activity, it can be easy to let signing up for health care slip through the cracks. However, health

How the Affordable Care Act Helps Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Mandatory Medicaid coverage for former foster care youth who have aged out of the foster care system but are in care as of their eighteenth birthday—an important provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that isn’t as widely known as it should be—is fina

It’s Time to Reauthorize Funding to Train Pediatricians (and Use Funding to Train Other Physicians More Effectively)

It’s hard to imagine how children can stay healthy if there aren’t enough pediatricians to take care of them. And this is precisely the issue at stake as Congress decides whether to reauthorize the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment P

Solving the Specialty Care Issues for Medicaid and CHIP Children

The New York Times ran an article last week on the results of a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on access to outpatient specialty care for children on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The study

Cross-Post: Got Coverage? 1,479 More Kids in MA Do Now!

Massachusetts health advocacy organization Health Care for All (HCFA) sponsored a month-long campaign to enroll as many uninsured children in health coverage as possible. HCFA enlisted 66 organizations across the state to participate in its Statewide Enro

The Complexity of Covering Children

Positive trends in children’s coverage made the news last week, with the Urban Institute reporting that 1.1 million children gained health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP between 2007 and 2009. While these coverage gains are quite impressive, they may