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Covering Kids & Families Evaluation

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Health Care for the Uninsured

Low-Income Parents' Perceptions of Access and Quality

This paper provides new findings on how low-income parents perceive the quality and affordability of care available to the uninsured.

This analysis is based on a set of new questions fielded in a 2005 survey of low-income adults that addressed perceptions of the extent to which the uninsured have access to affordable care and obtain the same quality of care as the insured, as well as perceptions of the Medicaid program. Understanding perceptions of low-income parents may provide new insights about why some low-income children and parents remain uninsured. It also yields insights about the potential impacts of policy changes, such as Medicaid expansions, changes to enrollment systems, and a possible mandate of coverage, that are being considered under health care reform.