Medicaid Beats Other Insurance for Children with Special Health Care Needs

A new study by Kreider and colleagues is out in JAMA Pediatrics which compares parents’ experiences with various forms of insurance coverage. On ten of fourteen measures, Medicaid looks better than private insurance coverage and compares favorably with CHIP coverage, too.

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The findings provide valuable corrective to people who unfairly criticize and overlook its many strengths for low-income people and the disabled. Yet it’s more concerning when we think about qualified health plans on the new state marketplaces. I worry that these will fall far short of what Medicaid offers to low-income people and those with special needs. With so many knife fights over ACA, the public conversation hasn’t intensively focused on children with special health care needs. It’s time to pay more attention.

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[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.