Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Health Care Media Advisory

NCCP researches what is known about children’s health and mental health, early child development, and family economic security in order to influence what policymakers can do to improve outcomes in these three interrelated domains. NCCP research and policy analysts are available to provide commentary on how passage of health care reform will affect children and families. Please call 646-284-9616 or email:

Healthcare reform increases equitable access to public health insurance and subsidies for low-income families in all 50 states.

Uninsured children are three times more likely to have an unmet health need than privately insured children. Healthcare reform will result in higher rates of coverage, and in turn, better and more consistent access to preventive, diagnostic and treatment services.

Passage of healthcare reform signals a dramatic boost in the economic security of families by removing one of its important threats – the cost of medical care. Health insurance now will join other essential programs that help working poor families to fill the gaps between their earnings and basic expenses to secure child health and well-being.

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The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health and wellbeing of America’s low-income families and children. Part of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation.