Access and Quality

One of the key tests of the effectiveness of a health care coverage program is whether it provides access to appropriate health care services in a timely manner and whether those services promote health improvements. Learn more about MACPAC's work on how Medicaid and CHIP enrollees use health services.

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Access in Brief: Children’s Use of Behavioral Health Services

June 2016 |

Children with Medicaid or CHIP are disproportionately affected by behavioral health disorders and are more likely to see a mental health professional or a general doctor for an emotional or behavioral problem than their privately insured counterparts. Children enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP were also prescribed medication for mental difficulties at a higher rate than […]
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Access in Brief: Use of Emergency Departments by Children

June 2016 |

Children covered by Medicaid or CHIP visit the emergency department (ED) more frequently than both those with private insurance and those who are uninsured, but reasons for the visit differed among population groups. When asked about their child’s last visit to the ED, respondents for children who had Medicaid or CHIP were more likely than […]
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