Issue: children

Suddenly, Progress on Children’s Health Coverage Reverses

For many years, the rate of uninsured children in the United States has been declining thanks to bipartisan efforts to extend coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. But in 2017, approximately 276,000 more children became uninsured, leading to a total of 3.9 million uninsured children nationwide. The rate for children age 18 and younger went up from 4.7 percent in 2016 to 5 percent in 2017,

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Will Congress Continue Coverage for 9M Children?

A popular federal-state program that provides health coverage to millions of children in lower- and middle-class families is up for renewal September 30. But with a deeply divided Congress, some health advocates fear that the Children’s Health Insurance Program could be in jeopardy or that conservative lawmakers will seek changes to limit the program’s reach.

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Hospital Innovates to Serve Kids’ Mental Health Needs

Bed-shortage issues, combined with the state’s low number of mental health providers and limited access points for services, leads to distressed people turning to hospital emergency rooms (ERs) for mental health care, which can be especially difficult for rural facilities that may not have infrastructures to appropriately provide behavioral care. At Mercy, we saw nearly 2,500 cases of mental health or substance abuse conditions in our ER last year.

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