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Samira Soleimanpour & Claire D. Brindis

In: Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy

Chapter 19: Children's Health and Health Care Policy (1960s–Present)

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Children's Health and Health Care Policy (1960s–Present)
Children's health and health care policy (1960s–present)
SamiraSoleimanpour and Claire D.Brindis

With its roots in the late l800S and early 1900s, children's health policy in the United States has continued to flourish in the last fifty years. Several themes underlie the mosaic of changes in children's health policy. First, the publicly funded government sector has shifted from programs designed primarily to protect very poor children to increasing access to health care for all children. Second, many of these policies and programs were created in direct response to research demonstrating specific gaps in children's health needs. Finally, while the nation has made improvements in many child health indicators as a result of policy development, there have been growing social and economic ...

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