Children with access to health coverage are more likely to grow up healthy, do better in school and contribute to the future work force. They’re also more likely to receive regular treatment that helps avoid costly hospitalizations and avoid the consequences of delayed care.
Minnesota has long recognized the importance of covering all children and has made strides to reduce the number of uninsured children. However, the state has also reduced access to health care for certain populations. In the past, Minnesota provided coverage for immigrant children living in dire poverty regardless of their immigration status through the General Assistance Medical Care program. But, in 2003, these children were cut from that program and now can only receive coverage for select emergency conditions. In 2015, the state legislature cut $65 million from MinnesotaCare, which tripled families’ out-of-pocket costs and increased monthly premiums. These increased costs hit family budgets hard and deter families from seeking treatment when they need it.
CDF-MN supports providing coverage for every child, regardless of immigration status. We believe in expanding MinnesotaCare to help families who are struggling to make ends meet, and increasing outreach efforts to ensure eligible families are enrolled in coverage.