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What the Midterm Elections Mean for Kids

by Irwin Redlener, MD, Co-Founder and President, Children's Health Fund

The midterm elections have changed the political landscape of our country, but what does this mean for kids?  We watched the midterm elections closely here at Children's Health Fund, and remain committed to the idea that engaging new members of congress, educating them on child health coverage and access issues and encouraging their support for policies and programs that ensure that children get the services they need is the best course of action. 

This past year has seen tremendous gains for kids in terms of health insurance coverage.  Reforms that expand coverage to reach more kids, strengthen the workforce and community based care and ensure the quality of care children receive benefit all Americans and are a sound investment in our country’s future.  We will be vigilant in working to defend these gains now and in the future. 

We hope we can count on you to join us.

Delaying A Child's Health Care: A Lifetime of Consequences

by Irwin Redlener, MD, Co-Founder and President, CHF

A recent study published in the prestigious journal, Health Affairs, underscored some of the grim realities associated with the persistent recession and the loss of jobs in the United States. The study reports that for every 1,000 jobs lost by a parent in 2000-2004, 311 children with private insurance lost health coverage.  The situation is even more dramatic for low-income children. For every 1,000 jobs lost by an economically disadvantaged parent, 456 low-income children with private insurance lost health coverage.  And, the highest rates of losing coverage (40%) were seen among Hispanic children whose parents become unemployed. These are troubling statistics given that lack of health insurance can delay a child's health care which, even for a short time, can mean a lifetime of consequences.

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