Charron Townsend (3/25, Opinion, “As I see it: General Assembly falling short on children’s health”) makes the case for expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program so more Missouri children can have access to medical care.
The Partnership for Children reports that uninsured children are much more likely to have unmet health needs than insured children. The uninsured are less likely to get the medicines they need. They are more likely to be hospitalized for conditions that, if treated earlier, would not have resulted in a hospital stay.
Their untreated health problems can become chronic conditions with lifelong consequences, even affecting their productivity as workers.
All children deserve a healthy start in life. Increasing eligibility for the state children’s program is a smart way to achieve that goal.