THE IMPACT OF HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE CHILDREN'S SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT
Up until now there has been little research that investigates the relationship of health and education in child development. Some research has been done on adults that link their level of education to their health status, but none were found that do the same for children. Moreover, none look specifically at different health insurance types and their effects on educational performance, which is precisely what is examined here. Bridging these ideas was the goal of this study; to test whether health care coverage has an effect on a child's engagement level in school. The results indicated that overall, health insurance coverage has minimal effect on the level of a child's school engagement. Furthermore, when specific types of insurance were investigated, most were statistically insignificant except for Medicare and other public health insurance programs. Somewhat surprisingly, however, is that these effects were negative ones. Implications of these results are by no means conclusive, and further studies will have to be done to draw clearer conclusions.
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