Fact sheet: Low-Income Children with Special Health Care Needs and the Affordable Care Act

Authors: Wilson, K., Dworetzky, B.A.

Date: 2014

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Health Equity, Health Reform

Uninsured low-income CSHCN are less likely to have a usual source of care and are more likely to have unmet needs for routine medical and dental care than their insured counterparts. Unmet health care needs can be detrimental to any child; however, for CSHCN, who require more health-care services than their typically developing peers, barriers to needed health services – such as a lack of health insurance – can have long-term health consequences.