Insured children are about three times more likely to visit a doctors office during a years time than children who dont have insurance, according to a recent study from the not-for-profit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota, the study also showed that millions of children benefit from public health insurance programs.
Of the approximately 10 million children nationwide who have chronic illnesses, about 3.6 million are covered by the State Childrens Health Insurance Program or Medicaid. Nationally, 10% of children with chronic health needs who are enrolled in public programs either postpone or forego care, compared with 41% of uninsured children who have chronic health needs, according to a news release announcing the study. Similarly, only 16% of kids with special needs who are enrolled in SCHIP or Medicaid missed mental healthcare services, compared with 43% of uninsured children.
Citing data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the study said about 9 million children nationwide are uninsured, which is more than the total number of children enrolled in the first and second grades in U.S. public schools. -- by Jessica Zigmond