Three Independent Evaluations of Healthy Kids Programs Find Dramatic Gains in Well-Being of Children and Families

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Mathematica Policy Research/University of California, San Francisco/Urban Institute

The Healthy Kids program, which provides low-income children with health insurance, has been very successful in Los Angeles, San Mateo and Santa Clara, according to this report summarizing early evaluation findings from the three California counties. About 90 percent of the 60,000 children enrolled in Healthy Kids in those counties receive regular medical care in the form of check-ups, sick visits and visits to specialists, compared with 49 to 76 percent of children in those counties who are not enrolled in Healthy Kids. The report indicates that parents whose children are enrolled in Healthy Kids are more confident that their children can obtain needed health care than are parents whose children are not enrolled. Free, 4 pages. (202) 833-7200,