What's Good for the Parent is Good for the Child: Access to Health Care Coverage Benefits the Whole Family

Dec 19, 2013

By Christine Johnson-Staub and Hannah Matthews

Despite a slow start, hundreds of thousands of uninsured or underinsured adults are now logging on or visiting neighborhood enrollment sites to find out how to purchase affordable health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The uninsured and underinsured in this country include working adults, middle-income families, and low-income children, according to a recent fact sheet published by the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University.

Supporting healthy children isn't just about health coverage for kids. Covering parents is good for children too. Parents' access to health care supports effective parenting, while untreated physical and mental health problems can get in the way. The whole family is also more likely to be financially stable, as the burdens of unexpected health problems and related costs are lifted.

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