|Topic:||Children and Health Insurance|
INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE
Division of Health Care Services
Board on Children, Youth, and Families
of the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council
America’s Children: Health Insurance and Access to Care
Systems of Accountability: Implementing Children’s Health Insurance Programs
An estimated 11 million American children lack health insurance, and the number increases annually. As part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Congress will provide $24 billion to states over five years to expand health insurance for children. America's Children: Health Insurance and Access to Care, a report from the Committee on Children, Health Insurance, and Access to Care, reviewed evidence on the relationship between public and private health insurance and access to health care. A companion report, Systems of Accountability: Implementing Children's Health Insurance Programs, made recommendations for implementing the new and expanded state programs.
This briefing was for Members of Congress and congressional staff. The reports were publicly released on June 11, 1998.