Black, Latino/a/e, American Indian, and Alaska Native children often receive lower quality health care than White children. As the predominant health insurer for medically underserved populations, Medicaid plays a critical role in advancing socioeconomic and racial health equity. In this article, we focus on structural barriers to health equity in the Medicaid program and potential steps for improving long-standing socioeconomic and racial health inequities through programmatic innovation. We identify opportunities for expanding care models for holistically addressing the social determinants of health, aligning clinical care delivery around health equity principles, diversifying the clinical workforce, and promoting meaningful and consistent provider participation in Medicaid. Practitioners and policy makers can start to undertake many of these steps today to set the stage for more sweeping reforms that can help achieve national health equity goals for children. .
Promoting Child Health Equity Through Medicaid Innovation.