Healthy Children = Healthy Communities
Children’s health and well-being will shape the future of this state. High levels of poverty and low levels of health insurance coverage – particularly among children of color – threaten to undermine the social and economic potential of Texas communities. Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the nation, and we rank second highest in the percentage of uninsured children (10%) with about 835,000 children still lacking coverage.
We believe that Healthy Children are the foundation of a Health Community. Connecting children to health care early in life has a clear impact on future health indicators. The economic benefits of a healthier population are also well documented; for instance recent research shows that children who have access to Medicaid early in life earn more money and pay more taxes over their lifetimes. We also anticipate that a focus on health literacy can reduce inappropriate use of emergency room care and foster a greater use of preventive care to head off acute medical conditions.
What We Do
The Health Outreach & Enrollment branch of CDF-Texas seeks to connect uninsured children to affordable health coverage options (CHIP, Children’s Medicaid, local clinics) so they receive comprehensive health care as early as possible. Connecting children to health care early in life has a well-documented impact on future health indicators and can interrupt generational cycles of poor health that impact the whole community. CDF-Texas will provide parent and community education and direct assistance with applying for (or renewing) child health coverage.