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, social/emotional and behavioral health care needs. Immunizations, screenings and assessments during well-child visits, regular dental care and access to nutritious food are all part of ensuring a healthy start for children.

Health insurance is the point of entry from which connections to care occur. Children who have health insurance are more 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 children without health insurance. And we all benefit when our children are healthy and have the ability to engage with and contribute to our communities.

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children’s work has helped to reduce the number of uninsured children in Pennsylvania over the past two decades. However, there are nearly 124,000 Pennsylvania children who do not currently have health insurance. More work must continue to ensure all children in the state have health care coverage and to preserve insurance coverage options for children in Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the health insurance marketplace. In addition, PPC is working to promote public policies addressing unsafe levels of lead exposure, lack of proper nutrition for children and maternal health and depression in order to improve healthy childhood development. 

Health Care Policy Goals

  • 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.
  • Promote the positive health effects for children as a direct result of Medicaid, CHIP and/or the Affordable Care Act.
  • Promote efforts to identify and prevent lead exposure in children to ensure their healthy development.
  • Assure 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.

Lead Exposure and Children: A Toxic Mix

PPC is working with stakeholders to help create a lead free/lead safe environment for Pennsylvania children. Stay updated on the latest news and resources

Medicaid Matters for PA Kids

More than 40% of kids in Pennsylvania receive their health insurance through Medicaid and CHIP, providing them with the preventive and comprehensive care necessary for optimal development and learning.

Check out our video series – Medicaid Matters – to view short video messages from grasstops leaders across sectors such as health care, child welfare, early learning and education on why Medicaid and CHIP matter to them.

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Fast Facts about Health Care in PA

  • While almost 96% of all children in the state have health insurance, nearly 124,000 children are still without health insurance.
  • Children under six years of age are more likely to be uninsured than school-age children in Pennsylvania.
  • More than 1.2 million children in Pennsylvania rely on Medicaid for their health care coverage, representing 42% of total Medicaid enrollment.
  • More than 185,000 Pennsylvania children are enrolled in CHIP.
  • CHIP has been reauthorized through 2028, providing long-term stability and a huge win for Pennsylvania children and their families.