The impact of new health insurance coverage on undocumented and other low-income children: lessons from three California counties.

Embry Howell, Christopher Trenholm, Lisa Dubay, Dana Hughes, Ian Hill

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Three California counties (Los Angeles, San Mateo, and Santa Clara) expanded health insurance coverage for undocumented children and some higher income children not covered by Medi-Cal (Medicaid) or Healthy Families (SCHIP). This paper presents findings from evaluations of all three programs. Results consistently showed that health insurance enrollment increased access to and use of medical and dental care, and reduced unmet need for those services. After one year of enrollment the programs also improved the health status of children, including reducing the percentage of children who missed school due to health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-124
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Issue number2 Suppl
Publication statusPublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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