Worries About the Coronavirus Caused Nearly 1 in 10 Parents to Delay or Forgo Needed Health Care for Their Children in Spring 2021   [open pdf - 600KB]

From the Document: "Though children face a lower risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] than adults, many families have avoided getting health care for their children during the pandemic for fear that their children could be exposed to the coronavirus. Children's receipt of screenings, routine vaccinations, and other care was lower in 2020 than prior years. New data from the Urban Institute's April 2021 Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS) indicate parents' worries about exposure to the virus continued affecting children's receipt of care this past spring, even as COVID-19 case rates fell from their peak. In April 2021, nearly 1 in 5 parents (19.4 percent) reported they had delayed or forgone care for their children under age 19 in the past 12 months over concerns about exposure to the virus (data not shown); nearly 1 in 10 (9.2 percent) delayed or did not get care for their children in the past 30 days for this reason [...]. Not receiving needed care can adversely affect children's health in the short and long terms."

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