Nearly seven years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, nearly 98 percent of
The Children's Defense Fund New York released a report this week, outlining the impact of a
"Make no mistake: these changes would be devastating for thousands of
As it stands, the
Children are more likely to become enrolled in health insurance and get regular care if their parents are also eligible for coverage.
According to the state
Children make up 38 percent of
Several substantial changes were also made to private insurance coverage requirements under the ACA. Young adults can now stay on their parents' health plan until the age of 26. Children, including those with asthma, cancer and disabilities, can't be excluded from coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and insurers can no longer impose annual or lifetime benefit limits.
It's yet unclear how the
According to the
"Most people with disabilities receive the bulk of their health coverage through
"As the State seeks to deal with what they have identified as a potential
Organizations like the
Capped funding leaves states financially vulnerable to increased costs incurred by epidemic and advances in life-saving health technologies. The opioid epidemic increases the need for medical and mental health services. The estimated cost of treating a child born with microencephaly following a Zika outbreak is more than
Under black grant funding, states would have to weigh the needs of different groups and demographics against each other, including the young, elderly and disabled, to distribute limited funding.
"Forcing people into poverty is not a Republican or Democratic ideal. It is un-American,"
Children covered by
Jefferson: 11,426 or 36.6 percent
Lewis: 3,152 or 47.3 percent
Statewide: 2,432,246 or 53.8 percent
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