Congress Imperils Kids' Futures by Delaying Health Plan Renewal: Doctors
Twenty years ago, Congress made a commitment to its children when it created the Children’s Health Insurance Program, recognizing working parents who earned too much to qualify for Medicaid still couldn’t afford health insurance for their kids. As medical students in Boston and New York City, we remember vividly the impact on care when children didn’t have insurance. Pediatric emergency rooms were filled with children who needed routine school physicals because they didn’t have regular doctors. Parents waited for hours for routine complaints. Our children’s hospitals were often filled with kids with asthma simply because they couldn’t get their medication from lack of health insurance. It was the worst way to provide health care.
NYMC Faculty: Shetal I. Shah, M.D., professor of pediatrics and Heather L. Brumberg, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pediatrics