The fate of children’s healthcare is still in limbo
One year ago, I embraced the decision to help lead Children’s Health Fund (CHF), an organization committed to providing comprehensive healthcare to the nation’s most medically underserved children. This is an exciting but staggering challenge because approximately 28 percent of children in the U.S. do not have full access to essential health services. That is a stunning call to action and is the driving force behind CHF’s strategic thinking and planning.
There have been significant strides in the effort to provide health insurance coverage and access to care for children across the nation. Medicaid coverage was introduced and has expanded, same for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); those and the recent implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) mean more American children have insurance. But there are 20.3 million children younger than 18 who lack access to care that meets modern pediatric standards and expectations.