Providing Health Care for Low-Income Children: Reconciling Child Health Goals with Child Health Financing Realities

The goal of equitable access to health care continues to be elusive for poor children. Medicaid, the major source of financing such care, has been eroded by a series of actions by the administration and the Congress. A survey of the Medicaid-based EPSDT (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment) programs in the fifty states pinpoints shortcomings in adequate financing and sound standards of practice. Reconciling child health goals with program realities will require new federal and state initiatives.

Author(s): Sara Rosenbaum; Kay Johnson

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Volume 64, Issue 3 (pages 442–478)
Published in 1986