Powering Up Healthy Kids

Providing the next generation with the opportunity to prosper starts with preventive health care when they are small children. Immunizations, screenings, regular dental care, well-child visits and access to nutritious food are all part of ensuring a healthy start for children. Just like a power grid relies on many power plants to produce electricity, the preventive and comprehensive care children receive when they have health insurance keeps the lights on for their entire childhood and into adulthood, so that they can become productive citizens. In other words, health insurance coverage is the point of entry from which connections to care occur.

The State of Children’s Health Care sets a clear agenda and provides specific steps which are more thoroughly explained throughout this report. Strengthening and repairing access to health care where it is patchy and uneven will energize Pennsylvania’s children for optimal

development and learning. Because the benefits of healthy children stretch beyond the individual’s quality of life, we all benefit from their increased ability to engage with and contribute to our communities.

TABLE OF CONTENTS How Can We Keep Kids Plugged Into Health Care?.......................... 3 Why Children Need Health Insurance Coverage............................. 4-5 Shining a Light on Social Determinants of Health.........................6-10 Uninsured Children by Demographic Characteristics................ 11-20 Sources of Health Care Coverage for Pennsylvania Kids.........21-25 Powering Up Healthy Kids in Pennsylvania.......................................... 26 Sources.....................................................................................................................27

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THE STATE OF CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE IN PENNSYLVANIA

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