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Raising ChildrenEmerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses$
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Jill Duerr Berrick and Neil Gilbert

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310122

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310122.001.0001

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Do Immigrant Children Have A Fair Chance?

Do Immigrant Children Have A Fair Chance?

(p.183) 9 Do Immigrant Children Have A Fair Chance?
Raising Children

Sylvia Guendelman

Kate Cosby

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For many of those among the working poor who lack coverage by medical insurance, the biggest problem is gaining access to a physician. Immigrants constitute a disproportionate number of the working poor families. Although progress had been made since the mid-1990s, this chapter reports that 44 percent of the immigrant children in working poor families were not covered by health insurance in 2001, along with 17 percent of the US born children of the working poor. The serious vulnerability of children in working poor families highlights the need for continued support of existing programs, such as Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program, so that they might be extended to the approximately 6 million uninsured children who are currently eligible for coverage. In addition to support for these programs, the chapter recommends that states provide universal coverage for all children along the lines of Governor Schwarzenegger's proposal to expand health insurance coverage for all uninsured Californians.

Keywords:   Medicaid, health insurance, working poor, access, universal coverage, Governor Schwarzenegger

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