Approximately 95% of California children have health insurance coverage, most through their parents’ employers or through Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is implemented in 2014, some children and families will see changes to their plans and new opportunities for coverage.
Meanwhile, the State is at a crossroads, and must determine if and how to alter existing programs and systems to better serve children. Several questions arise in the wake of ACA implementation: what will be the role of the numerous children’s health programs post ACA, what can be done to ensure adequate coverage of vulnerable populations, including the remaining uninsured, and how can insurance programs be better coordinated for optimum efficiency and accessibility?
A new series of issue briefs, prepared by Insure the Uninsured (ITUP) and funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, examines the impact of the ACA on health insurance coverage for children in California, and offers recommendations on how the state might alter existing programs and systems to better serve children.
The briefs include:
Part I: Inventory of Children’s Health Programs
Part II: Issue Diagnosis – Patient Care Challenges
Part III: Issue Diagnosis – Evolutionary Challenges
Part IV: Policy Options & Recommendations