Children’s access to health care has been a longstanding policy issue, with strong bipartisan support for expanding insurance coverage and redesigning the health care delivery system in ways that benefit young people. Despite enormous progress made over the past two decades, however, millions of children remain unable to obtain needed health services. This Issue Brief covers how the current health care system succeeds and fails for children, emerging policy developments, what grantmakers are currently doing to promote children’s access to health services, and lessons learned to help guide future work.

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