Health Insurance: A Critical Support for Infants, Toddlers, and their Families
This brief, a joint product of ZERO TO THREE and CLASP, highlights why health insurance is essential for infants, toddlers, and their families, and it explores the historic gains that have been made in overall coverage and publicly funded coverage over the last three years since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Children with insurance are generally healthier and more likely to receive necessary treatment when sick or injured, in addition to the preventive care so important to their health and wellbeing. Parents’ access to health care matters greatly for children. Children do better when their parents and other caregivers are healthy, both emotionally and physically.
With threats to health insurance and the structure of Medicaid currently being discussed in Congress, it is more important than ever to preserve these historic gains in health coverage Jeopardizing coverage for children and their parents will negatively impact the wellbeing of children’s health, school readiness, and future success. Because parents’ and children’s wellbeing are so inextricably linked, the loss of necessary health and mental health services can have long-term, dire consequences for them both.
Download the full report to read more about the important role of health insurance for infants, toddlers, and their families.