More children are receiving health insurance through public programs, according to a study from the University of New Hampshire. The economic recession took an unprecedented toll on society, driving many into the arms of unemployment. Unable to cover their children with health care benefits obtained through their jobs, parents have turned to government-sponsored programs to meet these needs. These private plans are providing much needed care for families struggling with a flagging economy.
A team of researchers studied data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Their study reveals that the number of children receiving health insurance from public plans has risen by 1.3% from 2008 to 2009. This is one of the very few benefits coming from the economic recession of 2008, as it expanded the eligibility of such programs, allowing more families to take advantage of them.
According to the study, 9% of children throughout the U.S. still have no insurance coverage. More than half of these children are eligible to receive health care through Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Awareness of this eligibility is key, say researchers, as having access to these programs could drastically improve the quality of life for the children and their families.
The study was conducted by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire and can be found here. Additional Information regarding children and public insurance programs can be found via the Department of Health and Human Services.