Undocumented kids get health care in six states, D.C.

Undocumented kids get health care in six states, D.C.

On Jan. 1, Oregon became the sixth state, plus the District of Columbia, to offer health care coverage to undocumented children. Hospitals, doctors and other providers, as well as insurers that will administer the coverage, supported the move as a way to ensure that children stay healthy. The insurance will help families pay their medical bills, which will benefit the hospitals and doctors that care for them. “When kids are covered, there’s an immediate and long-term return on investment,” says Imelda Dacones, CEO and president of Northwest Permanente, a medical group. Insured children have fewer expensive emergency room visits and...

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