Medicaid Participation: Does Parental Coverage Help Children?
In the early years of life, the body grows and develops key traits at a rapid rate. The progression and development of a child’s mind and body are crucial for their overall maturation over the course of their life. It is important that children in development stages hit key standards and milestone to ensure their positive health progression. Well-child visits are incredibly important to the growth of a child. They should never miss them. Sadly, due to lack of insurance coverage, parents are often unable to afford these visits. This causes red flags and missed milestones in a child’s health. Medicaid participation is helping physicians and parents work together to catch these red flags. This helps our children by ensuring healthy development.
Medicaid Participations and Well-Child Visits.
Medicaid participation has increased largely in the U.S. parent population since its release. This adds great benefits for parents and adults who lacked coverage prior to enrolling in Medicaid, but their children benefit even more. Parental Medicaid participation has filled the hole caused by poverty and lack of coverage in poor populations in the U.S. Parents struggling with money could not afford to take their kids to the doctor for regular well-child visits. This put children at risk by leaving them without proper scheduled care. Medicaid participation has aided parents in affording their child’s visit to the doctor. This helps with preventing, diagnosing, and treating developmental issues.
Research has shown that children who make it into their well-child visits are more likely to obtain all of their vaccines on time. This is very important to children who are entering school age settings. Exposure to illnesses that have been nearly extinct in the past is repopulating in schools across the U.S due to lack of vaccination. Children who miss vaccines due to lack of coverage are at a higher risk of exposure to these diseases. Parental Medicaid participation is helping children receive their vaccinations and reduce the risk of contact with a life-threatening illness.
According to Medscape, a recently released report stated with parental Medicaid participation there was a 29% increase in the number of children who made it to their well-child visits. Because of this direct link, every percentage increase shows that more children are making it to the doctors for check-ups. Parental Medicaid participation is not only helping our parents seek medical attention but bringing help to their children as well. This help increases the detection of red flags in growth and development. It also improves vaccination rates and ensures that children are receiving the attention they need to develop their health.
In the end, encouraging parental Medicaid participation will have a direct impact on the health of our younger population. Focusing on educating adults about the necessity and benefits of receiving regular healthcare will, in turn, result in children receiving regular healthcare. In the future, the snowball effect could impact the rising costs of healthcare greatly.