Parent mentors and insuring uninsured children: A randomized controlled trial

Glenn Flores, Hua Lin, Candy Walker, Michael Lee, Janet M. Currie, Rick Allgeyer, Marco Fierro, Monica Henry, Alberto Portillo, Kenneth Massey

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Background: Six million US children are uninsured, despite two-thirds being eligible for Medicaid/Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and minority children are at especially high risk. The most effective way to insure uninsured children, however, is unclear. Methods: We conducted a randomized trial of the effects of parent mentors (PMs) on insuring uninsured minority children. PMs were experienced parents with ¡Ý1 Medicaid/CHIP-covered child who received 2 days of training, then assisted families for 1 year with insurance applications, retaining coverage, medical homes, and social needs; controls received traditional Medicaid/CHIP outreach. The primary outcome was obtaining insurance 1 year post-enrollment. Results: We enrolled 237 participants (114 controls; 123 in PM group). PMs were more effective (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Flores, G., Lin, H., Walker, C., Lee, M., Currie, J. M., Allgeyer, R., ... Massey, K. (2016). Parent mentors and insuring uninsured children: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics, 137(4).