Access to health coverage
Most common questions
Where can I find out about getting insurance coverage for my child?The first place to inquire is with your state insurance commissioner's office. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also has a Web site to help parents determine if their children are eligible for free or low-cost health coverage under the reauthorized Children's Health Insurance Program. Visit http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/ for more information.
What is happening with health care reform?While some provisions take effect this September (see our In-depth article), the new law will not fully go into effect until 2014. In the interim, the March of Dimes is reviewing and commenting on the rules for implementation that are being issued by the Administration.
The March of Dimes will update this site on items that directly affect women of childbearing age, infants and children, but to get even more information about all of the advances, visit http://www.healthcare.gov/.
Why did the March of Dimes support health care reform?Since our founding, the March of Dimes has worked to shape public policy that affects maternal and child health. Health reform offered an unparalleled opportunity to improve the health of and address the needs of women, infants and children. Specifically:
- Expanding and improving coverage for maternity and pediatric care
- Strengthening Medicaid (which covers more than 40% of all births)
- Increasing the number of currently uninsured women of childbearing age and children who will be covered in 2014