Issue Brief: How Medicaid Protects the Health of Children and Vulnerable Populations

by Rebecca Farley on August 23, 2011

A recent issue brief released by First Focus examines the impact that Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage have on children and vulnerable populations in the U.S.

The report describes the enormous success of Medicaid and CHIP  in increasing health insurance coverage among children; strengthening access to medical, health, and developmental services; and safeguarding the finances of low-income families and individuals. 

Among the report’s key findings:

  • Medicaid and CHIP are essential sources of coverage for individuals with serious health
  • Conditions.
  • Medicaid and CHIP are cost-effective.
  • Medicaid and CHIP are pioneers for health system improvements.
  • Medicaid and CHIP protect the finances of families struggling during hard times

The report was commissioned by First Focus and authored by Professors Leighton Ku and Christine Ferguson of George Washington University. For more information about the important effect that Medicaid coverage has on beneficiaries’ health, see this recent study from the Oregon Medicaid program, which found that Medicaid substantially increases individuals’ health care use, reduces financial strain on covered individuals, and improves their self-reported health and well-being.

Click here to read a summary of the First Focus report’s findings.

Click here to read the full First Focus issue brief.

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