- Expanding Medicaid to cover parents means that more eligible children will enroll. Children who are eligible for health insurance are three times more likely to enroll if their parents also have insurance. Previous expansions of Medicaid coverage for parents have led to a significant increase in enrollment of eligible children and a drop in the number of uninsured children.
- Expanding Medicaid to cover parents means that children are more likely to stay enrolled. Studies have found that covering parents makes it less likely that children have breaks in their own Medicaid coverage.
- Expanding Medicaid to cover parents makes it more likely that children will receive needed preventive care and other health care services. Studies have found that insured children whose parents are also insured are more likely to receive check-ups and other care, compared to insured children whose parents are uninsured.
- Parents? health can affect children?s health and well-being. The Institute of Medicine has reported that a parent?s poor physical or mental health can contribute to a stressful family environment that may impair the health and well-being of a child. Moreover, uninsured parents who can?t get care may be unable to work or may end up with big medical bills if they do get care. In either case, the financial consequences have a big impact on children even if the children have coverage.
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