for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), housing subsidies, and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to help meet basic needs (Burn, Dunn, Brady, Starr, Blosser, & Garzon, 2017). The sources are sufficient because of the preventive services outlined in the ACA that will eventually allow all families, regardless of income, the opportunity to visit their children’s health care provider regularly at crucial milestones in the child’s development. Coverage for clinically indicated well-child visits will allow pediatricians to identify and treat health problems in children before they start. This, in turn, should help reduce the prevalence of chronic conditions that place significant financial and physical strain on children and families (Kuo et al., 2012). Although the sources seem sufficient to identify conditions or diseases, when the cost of healthcare for children goes beyond what is covered in these programs the child suffers if the parent/guardians cannot afford the type of extensive care the child needs. In some cases, the education level of the parent/guardian
impedes research ability to find out other resources that could be utilized to assist the family. This may perhaps also be considered a barrier. Are there certain pediatric populations that lack access to health-care services? Why? Pediatric patients who live in poverty have the highest risk for lack of access to health care. A few factors that contribute to this include lack of
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