Children enrolled in publicly funded health care coverage in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

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. As a society, we have an obligation to improve children’s health outcomes by ensuring they are connected to what they need to thrive, starting with health insurance coverage. Every Pennsylvania child regardless of income level, age, race or geography deserves equal access to plug into opportunities to be healthy and well.
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Definitions: The number and percent of children enrolled in Medicaid (also referred to as Medical Assistance, or MA) and CHIP.

Medicaid provides coverage to children in families with limited income or where the child has a disabling condition.  CHIP provides coverage to children not eligible for Medicaid income levels who are otherwise uninsured.

The year represents when PPC published the report.

Data Source: PPC's report, along with source documentation, can be found at http://www.papartnerships.org/work/health/childrens-health-reports.

Footnotes: The totals are greater than the sum of 0-5 and 6-18 subcategories due to report timing differences and the exclusion of 19-year-olds in the CHIP data.

Updated November 2019.