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Parents with family incomes below 250% of the federal poverty level were more likely than those with higher incomes to report delaying or forgoing care for their children in the previous 30 days

Many parents, concerned about exposing their children to the coronavirus, have delayed or bypassed health care for their kids. That startling news is based on data from the Urban Institute’s April 2021 Health Reform Monitoring Survey (made public in August) and comes despite the fact that, at the time of the survey, children faced a lower risk of contracting the virus and becoming severely ill.

Specifically, almost one in five parents reported skipping care over the previous 12 months, while nearly one in 10 had done so in the previous 30 days.

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