Kids’ Access to Care Goes Beyond Lack of Health Insurance
More than 23 million children in the U.S. do not have access to health care for part of the year, even though many of them have health insurance, according to a study to be released on Thursday by the Children's Health Fund, CBS' "Evening News" reports.
The study finds that:
- Nine million children have no health insurance;
- 11.5 million children can access health care only part of the year; and
- Three million children lack transportation to a health care provider.
Irwin Redlener, president of the Children's Health Fund, called on Congress to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program to include nine million more children and provide dental, mental health and transportation benefits (Attkisson, "Evening News," CBS, 5/2).
Video of the segment and expanded CBS News coverage are available online. This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.