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In a Statewide Disparity, More Latino Children Lack Health Insurance

Susan Babey, senior research scientist and co-director of the Chronic Disease Program at the Fielding School's Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted in a California Health Report article about uninsured Latino children in California which featured a recent study conducted by the Center. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Almost 140,000 Latino children in California aren’t covered by health insurance, even though they’re eligible to enroll in Medi-Cal, the state’s safety-net health care program.

Three quarters of the state’s uninsured Latino children ages 18 and under are missing out on health coverage, analysts at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found. It’s likely these children aren’t going to the doctor regularly or getting routine checkups, the researchers said.

Unlike adults, low-income children in California are eligible for Medi-Cal regardless of their immigration status. But Susan Babey, a research scientist at the center, said some Latino parents may still be afraid of enrolling their kids.