Children are some of the most vulnerable members of the population, and would be among those most affected by a loss or reduction of healthcare coverage—most specifically, caps on state Medicaid spending. Currently, over 30 million children receive healthcare coverage through Medicaid, including approximately 2 million children with complex medical conditions. Such children account for 6 percent of those relying on Medicaid, and 40 percent of overall Medicaid costs.
Proposed cuts to the program and state spending caps could put these children at greater risk of losing coverage or succumbing to illnesses. Adults with children could also be at risk of losing or foregoing their Medicaid coverage in order to maintain their children’s healthcare. In addition to being at the forefront of youth medical care, children’s’ hospitals are also vital for population health.