Study: half of parents of children of uninsured minorities are unaware that they are eligible for medical assistance

The study also reveals health problems and medical care for uninsured children and the financial burden for families.
The study also reveals health problems and medical care for uninsured children and the financial burden for families.

Half of parents of children from uninsured advanced keto minorities are unaware that their children are eligible for Medicaid / CHIP, according to a new study. These uninsured children are mistreated, have access to care and have unmet basic needs. Child health problems can cause a significant financial burden for the family.

“Our findings point to the urgent need for better education for parents about Medicare and CHIP,” said Glenn Flores, MD, director of health policy research at the Medical Research Institute and author of the study. “The results also indicate the need to improve medical awareness / CHIP and registration.”

Minority children in the United States have the highest rates of uninsured. Latin American and African children represent 53 percent of uneducated American children (2.4 million children), although they represent only 48 percent of the total number of children in the United States.

The objective of the study is to examine the awareness of parents and the reasons for the lack of health insurance among minority children eligible for Medicaid / CHIP treatment, and the impact of not protecting the health of children, and access to care, and unmet needs, the family’s financial burden. The full results are published in the International Journal of Health Equity.

For the study, 267 uninsured and uninsured Latin American and Latin American children were recruited in 97 communities in Texas, including supermarkets, health fairs, and schools. Researchers examined the demographic and social characteristics, for lack of insurance, and the reasons for non-child insurance, health status and special needs for health care, access to medical and dental care, unmet needs, and the use of health services, the quality of care, satisfaction with care, and out of the hospital. Pocket costs of care, financial burden.

Main results:

Only 49% of parents knew that their uninsured child was eligible for the Medicaid / CHIP program.
The most common cause of insurance loss expired and was not reapplied (30%).
The most common reason for not insuring was a high insurance cost.
38% of the children were unfavorable, and 66% needed special medical attention.
64% do not have a primary care provider.
The average uninsured time was 14 months.
5% never believed
83% of parents care more about the health of their children than others.
Unmet health care needs include: medical care, 73%, mental health care, 70%, mobility aids / aids, 67%; Specialized care, 57%; vision, 46%.
Due to the child’s health, 35% of parents had financial problems, 23% of working hours and 10% had stopped working.

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