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Wednesday, November 05, 2008 9:00 AM
Radiocast: Health Insurance Gaps for America’s Kids

Rand: This is Healthcare 411: Information for better health. More than 2 million kids in the U.S. lack health insurance coverage even though at least one of their parents is insured. And, surprisingly, this issue affects not only low-income kids but also middle-income families. Health care researcher Dr. Jennifer DeVoe of the Oregon Health & Science University says these gaps are a serious issue.

Dr. DeVoe: We found that among the children with a parent who was insured all year, children from the middle-income families had a 56 percent greater chance of being uninsured for at least six months of the year compared with the high-income children. These findings are telling us that many parents cannot afford to purchase health insurance for their children, and then these children, because of their lack of health insurance coverage, may not be getting access to preventive care such as regular checkups.

Rand: To find out more about free or low-cost health insurance for children at insurekidsnow.gov. Healthcare 411 is produced by AHRQ, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Rand Gardner for Healthcare 411.

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