Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky: Benefits to Kids and Families

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All children, especially those living in low-income and vulnerable families, need access to affordable health care. Research has shown that children with health coverage are more likely to receive regular preventive care, such as well-child exams, and to stay connected to a primary care doctor. Continuous health coverage for children has been linked to reduced child mortality rates and increased health status of children.1 Since the 1980s, Congress and state legislatures have stepped up to provide affordable coverage options for low-income children through Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program).