Medicaid Fact Sheets

June 19, 2017

A series of powerful yet accessible fact sheets on Medicaid, from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.

For a great backgrounder, start with the article, Medicaid Is A Smart Investment in Children.

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health coverage to more than one-third of the children in the United States. The vast majority of these children, more than 90 percent, are covered through Medicaid. A large body of research shows that access to Medicaid in childhood leads to longer, healthier lives, a better chance to finish high school and college, and more prosperous futures for our children.

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Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 11.41.29 AMSnapshot of Children’s Coverage by Race and Ethnicity 
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are primary sources of health coverage for children. These programs are particularly important to children of color, who are disproportionately represented among beneficiaries because they are more likely to be economically disadvantaged.

How Restructuring Medicaid Could Affect ChildrenHow Restructuring Medicaid Could Affect Children 
More than one-third of America’s children rely on Medicaid for their health care, and more than half of Medicaid recipients are children. Medicaid’s existing structure has helped states respond to every economic downturn, natural disaster, epidemic or innovative treatment since the program was enacted in 1965. As recently as last year, Congress put forth proposals to fundamentally restructure Medicaid financing with the goal of saving money for the federal government in the short- or long-term. Ultimately, restructuring Medicaid would erode health coverage for children and families.

accessMedicaid Provides Needed Access to Care for Children and Families

Research shows that children and parents who rely on Medicaid for health care receive coverage that is comparable to private insurance and far better than the access accorded uninsured families. Children covered by Medicaid and those with private insurance access health care services across a variety of measures at comparable rates, while children who are uninsured access health services at lower rates.

parents and caregiversHealth Coverage for Parents and Caregivers Helps Children 
Children’s healthy development depends to a large extent on the health and well-being of their parents and caregivers. Covering parents and caregivers helps children get the care and family financial stability they need to thrive.

State SnapshotsState Snapshots of Children’s Coverage 
Children’s health insurance  coverage has reached historic  levels in the United States,  thanks to Medicaid, CHIP, and  the ACA. The Georgetown  University Center for Children  and Families (CCF) and the  American Academy of Pediatrics  (AAP) created factsheets for the  nation as well as all 51 states  (including the District of  Columbia). These snapshots  underscore the importance of  Medicaid in
providing coverage  for children. Sources are  available here.
Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 12.31.42 PMFact Sheet: How Does Medicaid Provide Economic Security for Families? 
Research shows that Medicaid coverage improves numerous indicators of economic security for beneficiaries. By making health insurance accessible to children and parents, Medicaid keeps families healthy and also protects them from financial hardship. For millions of families, Medicaid is a lifeline that keeps them living above the poverty threshold.
Medicaid’s Role for ChildrenFact Sheet: Medicaid’s Role for Children 
Medicaid is an essential source of health coverage for the nation’s children. The program provides health coverage to children and parents in low-income families who lack access to affordable private health insurance, as well as to children with special health care needs.
Fact Sheet: Medicaid’s Role for Young ChildrenFact Sheet: Medicaid’s Role for Young Children 
Today, more than 45 million children have coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). For the nation’s youngest children, Medicaid and CHIP play an outsized role, covering 44 percent of children under the age of six, compared to 35 percent of children between the ages of six and 18.
EPSDT: A Primer on Medicaid’s Pediatric BenefitEPSDT: A Primer on Medicaid’s Pediatric Benefit 
Children enrolled in Medicaid are entitled to a comprehensive array of preventive and ameliorative care through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. Beyond the indecipherable acronym, EPSDT is a critically important benefit that is broadly recognized as the definitive standard for children. We’ve broken down the acronym in this fact sheet, and we’re continuing to investigate how it’s working for kids, so stay tuned for more!

Visit the Georgetown Center for Children & Families for more data on Medicaid and other vital health coverage programs for children, young people and families.