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Parental enrollment in Medicaid yields increase in preventive health care for children

Enrolling in Medicaid may have health benefits not only for low-income parents but also for their children, according to a Johns Hopkins analysis of more than 50,000 parent-child pairs.

In the study, based on survey data, the investigators found that children of low-income parents enrolled in Medicaid had a 29 percent higher probability of receiving a well-child visit compared with children of low-income parents not enrolled in Medicaid.

The relationship between well-child visits and Medicaid enrollment was strongest in families with incomes of 100 percent to less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $24,600 annually for a family of four (in 2017 numbers). Among those families, the probability of a well-child visit was 45 percentage points higher if a parent was enrolled in Medicaid.


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