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Children enrolled in publicly funded health care coverage in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

Healthy children are an essential part of a strong commonwealth. When Pennsylvania’s children have access to quality physical and behavioral health care that meets their needs, we all benefit. A critical goal of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to increase access to health care for kids, but how do we know if this goal is being achieved? That’s the purpose of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children’s annual “State of Children’s Health Care in Pennsylvania” report.

This report provides an annual snapshot of children’s health care in the commonwealth – its successes, its limitations and its challenges toward improvement – by using various indicators that will allow us to see whether the ACA is having a tangible impact on children’s health care.

Information on children covered by publicly funded health care coverage is the focus of this report. This includes children covered by Medical Assistance (MA) through managed care (Health Choices) as well as children covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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Definition and Source



The number and percent of children enrolled in Medicaid (also referred to as Medical Assistance, or MA) and CHIP.

Data Source

PPC's State of Children's Health reports & source documentation can be found at


The totals are greater than the sum of ages birth to 5 and 6 to 18 subcategories due to report timing differences and the exclusion of 19-year-olds in the CHIP data.

The year represents when the PPC or HEDIS reports were published.

Last Updated

January 2024