Half Of U.S. Kids 3 And Under Await Congress On Children's Health Funding

As Congress begins in 2018 to address the long-term future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and entitlement cuts, the medical care of almost half of U.S. children three years old and younger is in limbo.

An Urban Institute analysis shows that 49% or 7.7 million children ages 3 and younger relied on CHIP or Medicaid insurance for poor Americans in 2015 . That’s more than any other form of insurance coverage for the 15.7 million young children that year.

“Because young children and their parents rely on Medicaid at higher rates than older children and their parents, contractions of Medicaid funding would have outsize effects on families with young children,” Urban Institute researchers wrote in the report.

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