Children, the Affordable Care Act, and Medicaid
Child care and early education advocates, stakeholders, and providers play a critical role in ensuring children have access to vital supports like health care. Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restructuring Medicaid would deeply undermine young children’s and parents’ wellbeing. CLASP has created tools to help advocates fight back:
- Top Five Reasons Health Insurance Matters for Infants and Toddlers and Their Families – This fact sheet highlights key reasons why infants, toddlers, and their families need access to affordable health insurance.
- Don’t Take Away Health Insurance from Infants, Toddlers, and Parents – A new brief from CLASP and ZERO TO THREE highlights the importance of health insurance for infants, toddlers, and their families as well as historic gains in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
- Children Need Health Insurance—So Do Their Parents – This brief outlines the importance of health insurance for children and their parents as well as current threats to the ACA and Medicaid.
- Top Five Ways ACA Repeal and Medicaid Financing Changes Would Harm our Youngest Children – This article, coauthored by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, outlines 5 troubling outcomes young children would experience if the ACA and Medicaid are rolled back.
- Webinar: Threats to the ACA and Medicaid: What’s at Stake for Children – This joint webinar with Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families highlighted key data on children’s and parents’ health coverage under Medicaid and the ACA. It also provided updated information on legislative threats. Lastly, it detailed the important role child care and early education providers, advocates, and stakeholders can play in protecting the safety net for children and their families
- Top Five Threats to Child Welfare from ACA Repeal – In this article for Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, Executive Director Olivia Golden highlights how repealing the ACA and restructuring Medicaid would threaten abused and neglected children (along with their birth, adoptive, and foster parents) as well as state agencies and providers.
- ACA Repeal, Medicaid Changes Would Hurt Early Care and Education Providers, Reduce Quality of Early Care and Education – This paper outlines the negative impact that threats to the ACA and Medcaid will have on the early childhood workforce. In addition to the children and families they serve, early childhood providers will be directly and negatively affected by the Republican plan to roll back health coverage. The loss of coverage threatens their own family economic stability and in some cases, their ability to remain on the job.