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GOP Health Care Plans Hit Kids Hard

This article is part 15 of 15 in the column Kid's Capital Watch

As Senate Republicans struggle to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, one thing they can agree on is cutting federal spending on Medicaid.

The program was expanded under the ACA as a way of extending coverage to more people, mostly school-age children and adults who previously weren’t eligible. There are 37 million kids, the biggest group of Medicaid enrollees, who would be hit hard by cuts to coverage and benefits.  Read more

Doctor’s Diagnosis: GOP Health Plan Hurts Poor Kids, Families

This article is part 1 of 2 in the column A Pediatrician's Perspective

It’s a rainy weekday morning in North Philadelphia, and once again, as I have been doing for the last 15 years, I sign on to our electronic health-records database and prepare for the 26 young patients, ages 1 month to 20 years, on my schedule. It’s a few days after the White House’s 2018  budget proposal, “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” was released last month.

Most of my patients are on Medicaid, although I also check to see whether any have insurance benefits such as discounted gym memberships, a big help for low-income families struggling with obesity.

Reviewing clinical notes, I’m reminded that several of the families have what’s known as food insecurity, Read more

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