When the Pennsylvania Legislature enacted Cover All Kids – it extended health care coverage to almost every child in Pennsylvania – except the 38,000 statewide who do “not meet the citizenship requirements of Title XXI of the Social Security Act.” These 13 words bar children whose parents entered the country with them illegally from enrolling in the state’s CHIP program.
PCCY has initiated the new Dream Care campaign to modify state law and enable all children, including the estimated 7,000 undocumented children in southeastern Pennsylvania, to qualify for public health insurance.
Pennsylvania can join the ranks of states and localities that have chosen to use their own resources to cover the cost of health coverage for children who are undocumented – localities including sections of California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Washington and the District of Columbia.
Click here to Join Dream Care as a supporting organization and add your voice to the growing call for health coverage for ALL of Pennsylvania’s children.
Questions about Dream Care? Contact Colleen McCauley, PCCY Health Policy Director, at email@example.com or 215-563-5848 ext. 33.
Pennsylvania’s rate of uninsured Hispanic children is now at 7.4 percent, according to a new report released today by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, the National Council of La Raza, and Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY). The report (below), which assessed uninsurance rates during the first year that most of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage provisions took effect, found that about 22,000 Hispanic children living in Pennsylvania did not have health coverage in 2014. Advocates noted that Pennsylvania’s uninsurance rate for Hispanic children (7.4 percent) is significantly higher than the rate for all children (5.2 percent). While the vast majority of Hispanic children in Pennsylvania are citizens or lawfully present immigrants, and eligible for Medicaid and CHIP, others are not and go without coverage.
- Report: Historic Gains in Health Coverage for Hispanic Children in the Affordable Care Act’s First Year
- Press Release: Pennsylvania Faces Coverage Gap for Hispanic Children
The first presentation below describes how the Dream Care initiative would help insure an estimated 24,000 children in Pennsylvania who are undocumented and uninsured. This second presentation, by Sonya Schwartz, Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University, gives a national perspective on Dream Care.
Fulfilling Pennsylvania’s Promise to Cover All Kids: These county facts sheets detail the number of children in each county who are uninsured because they are undocumented.
Check out the full report by clicking here.
- Dream Care Fact Sheet - Bucks County
- Dream Care Fact Sheet - Chester County
- Dream Care Fact Sheet - Delaware County
- Dream Care Fact Sheet - Montgomery County
- Dream Care Fact Sheet - Philadelphia County
The Dream Care Coalition is working to make health insurance coverage available for every child in Pennsylvania, including children who do not have legal immigration status.
You can find a list of coalition members below. To learn more about PCCY’s efforts to expand coverage to all kids, visit our Dream Care – Cover ALL Kids Campaign page by clicking here.
If you would like to join PCCY and our partners in making health insurance for all children a reality, contact Colleen McCauley, PCCY Health Policy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org and 215-563-5848 x33.
An estimated 24,000 PA children are both undocumented and uninsured. They do not qualify for CHIP, Medicaid or ACA Marketplace coverage. Pennsylvania’s ‘Cover All Kids’ Does Not Cover All Kids.
Colleen McCauley, PCCY’s Health Policy Director and Dr. Judith Silver, Vice President, PCCY Board of Directors testified at a public hearing on Governor Corbett’s proposal to expand Medicaid coverage, called “Healthy PA,” in January, 2014. They implored the state to make children who are undocumented eligible for public health insurance and to transition more children into Medicaid as the Affordable Care Act required.