MA - Number of children (age 0-18) enrolled by age group in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

The Medicaid benefit package for children – Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) – is crucial and robust. States must provide comprehensive services and furnish all appropriate and medically necessary services needed to correct and improve health conditions. Medicaid benefits include but are not limited to: primary care, dental, vision and hearing coverage, as well as comprehensive screening, prevention, diagnosis and treatment services.
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Definitions: The total number of low-income children of all ages receiving health coverage through Medical Assistance (MA), the state’s version of Medicaid.

Data Source: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Income Maintenance, Bureau of Program Support

Footnotes: As discussed in our 2021 State of Children's Health Report, a key factor affecting increased enrollment within Medicaid is the disenrollment freeze that began March 18, 2020, implemented in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This freeze will remain in place for as long as the federal public health emergency (PHE) is in effect. Unlike Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was not included in the FFCRA freeze, meaning that children are not guaranteed to keep their CHIP coverage during the PHE. As such, much of the decrease in CHIP enrollments occurred for children whose family income fell within Medicaid eligibility and were appropriately transferred. Those children have been able to retain coverage in Medicaid due to the disenrollment freeze regardless of any additional fluctuations in family income.

Updated April 2022.