When the Pennsylvania Legislature enacted Cover All Kids – it extended health care coverage to almost every child in Pennsylvania – except the 19,000 statewide who do “not meet the citizenship requirements of Title XXI of the Social Security Act.” These 13 words bar children whose parents entered the country with them illegally from enrolling in the state’s CHIP program.
Children First has initiated the new Dream Care campaign to modify state law and enable all children, including the estimated 7,000 undocumented children in southeastern Pennsylvania, to qualify for public health insurance.
Pennsylvania can join the ranks of states and localities that have chosen to use their own resources to cover the cost of health coverage for children who are undocumented – localities including sections of California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Washington and the District of Columbia.
To join the list of Dream Care supporting organizations and add your voice to the growing call for health coverage for ALL of Pennsylvania’s children, contact Colleen McCauley, Children First Health Policy Director, at colleenm at childrenfirstpa.org or 215-563-5848 ext. 331.