Low Income Children with Disabilities: How Will They Fare Under Health Care Reform?
The purpose of this report is to alert public and private decision makers who are engaged in the health reform debate to the special circumstances facing low-income children with disabilities. These children require more care, different and specialized care, and more costly care than children without disabilities. Some benefit greatly from many of the services covered by the Medicaid program that are not reimbursable under private insurance plans; but too many of them are uninsured, underinsured, or cut off from vital support that could facilitate their well-being and development. Health reform could rectify may of the inadequacies of our current delivery and financing systems in meeting the special needs of this group of children.