HEALTH SERVICES AND UTILIZATION
The availability of, and access to, quality
health care directly affects the health of mothers
and children, especially those at high risk
due to chronic medical conditions or low socio-economic
Every state implemented a Children's Health
Insurance Program (CHIP), using Federal funds that
became available for the first time in 1998. This
program helps to provide coverage to the approximately
8.4 million uninsured children in the U.S. Outreach
and consumer education are key components of the expansion
of health insurance coverage for children.
The following section presents data on the utilization
of health services within the maternal and child population.
The most recent data are summarized by source of payment,
type of care, and place of service delivery. Data
are presented by age, ethnicity, and income.