Outreach strategies for expanding health insurance coverage in children
Author(s)/Editor(s): Qingyue Meng, Beibei Yuan, Liying Jia, Jian Wang, Paul Garner
Publisher/Organizer: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Publication date: 2010, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD008194
Health insurance has the potential to improve access to health care and protect people from healthcare costs when they are ill. However, coverage is often low, particularly in people most in need of protection. The objectives of this study are to assess the effectiveness of outreach strategies for expanding insurance coverage of children who are eligible for health insurance schemes.
The two studies included in this review provide evidence that in the US providing health insurance information and application assistance, and handing out application materials in hospital emergency departments can probably both improve insurance coverage of children. Further studies evaluating the effectiveness of different outreach strategies for expanding health insurance coverage of children in different countries are needed, with careful attention given to study design.