Health Care

Health Care

Children have unique health care needs because of their ongoing development. As they grow and change, children require an array of services to meet their physical and behavioral health care needs.

Children who have health insurance generally have a relationship with a primary care physician and are more likely to be immunized, receive regular check-ups and get prompt treatment for common childhood ailments. Conversely, uninsured children are less likely to see a doctor on a regular basis or when symptoms develop. Because children with health insurance are more likely to avoid preventable childhood illnesses, they generally have better school attendance and better school performance than the uninsured.

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children’s work has helped to reduce the number of uninsured children in Pennsylvania with current levels being at a historic low of just over 4 percent. However, work must continue to preserve insurance coverage for children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and continue to ensure all children in the state have health care coverage.

Health Care Policy Goals

  • Protect against negative changes to Medicaid, CHIP and/or the Affordable Care Act.
  • Build on the success of Medicaid and CHIP to ensure every Pennsylvania child is insured.
  • Assure that benefit packages for children have appropriate health care benefits to meet their needs.
  • Ensure that children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP are appropriately screened and provided with all opportunities for their healthy development.
  • Work to improve opportunities to maximize good health through promoting federal and state laws and policies focused on childhood nutrition.

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Childhood Begins at Home Coalition

Childhood Begins at Home is a statewide campaign designed to help policymakers and the public understand the value of evidence-based home visiting and effective ways to support parents. In addition to Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, campaign partners include Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Maternity Care Coalition, Pennsylvania Head Start Association, Pennsylvania Nurse-Family Partnership, Pennsylvania Parents as Teachers and Trying Together. Campaign partners are encouraging state and federal lawmakers to continue to build on the strong investments they have made in evidence-based home visiting and increase investments to serve many more Pennsylvania children and families who would benefit.

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Fast Facts about Health Care in PA

  • Almost 96% of all children in the state have health insurance.
  • Approximately 1.2 million children in Pennsylvania rely on Medicaid for their health care coverage, or 42% of the program’s enrollees.
  • Just over 180,000 Pennsylvania children are enrolled in CHIP.
  • On the federal level, CHIP has been authorized through federal fiscal year 2028, a huge win for enrolled children and their families in providing stable coverage.