Why Coverage for Children is Important

Children with health insurance learn better

Children who newly enroll in a health coverage program have been shown to have a nearly 63% improvement in performance and paying attention in class.

Increased access to Medicaid has a positive impact on educational attainment

A recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found that increased Medicaid eligibility positively affects educational attainment. A 10 percentage point increase in average Medicaid eligibility for children led to a 5 percent decrease in the high school dropout rate and greater than a 3 percent increase in the four year college attainment rate.

Health coverage can save lives

Uninsured children admitted to the emergency room are 60% more likely to die than children with insurance.

Providing children with health coverage can save Texas money

When Texas stopped requiring children to re-enroll in CHIP and Medicaid every six months, more children stayed enrolled and received better access to primary and preventive care, ultimately saving Texas millions of dollars because children were hospitalized less frequently. And we know that healthy children learn better and achieve more.

Providing coverage to children has long-lasting educational and wage benefits

Adults who received Medicaid as children have significantly higher rates of high school graduation and college attainment, higher wages, and fewer chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.