More than 150,000 Pennsylvania children have no health insurance, and even those who are insured often lack the preventive care needed to stay healthy, according to a new statewide report from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

"Despite Pennsylvania's status as a national leader in providing accessible, affordable health care to our children, there are too many areas where we still fall short," PPC President and CEO Joan Benso says. "A fundamental goal of health care reform is to improve access to physical and behavioral health care for our kids, so we need to make sure that happens."

Fewer than 60 percent of children insured through these publicly funded programs receive the appropriate number of wellness visits between birth and 15 months—visits that are crucial to preventive health care, the report says.

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