Health coverage can set up young students for success

(BPT) - As a new school year kicks into gear, many students — and their families — are adjusting to a different learning environment. While back-to-school preparations this year may include setting up space for virtual learning at home, going back to the classroom, or a combination model, they should also include making sure your child or children have health insurance. But if they don’t, it is not too late to get them covered!

Studies have shown that academic performance and health insurance go hand in hand. Children who have health coverage miss fewer classes and perform better in school than those who are uninsured. Even more, health coverage doesn’t just benefit students. Fewer missed days of school also mean fewer missed days of work for parents. With health coverage, children can get the routine and emergency care, immunizations, check-ups, eye exams, dental visits and mental health services they may need to fully participate in school and remain engaged in class. Health coverage also provides access to the seasonal flu vaccine and important care if children get sick or injured.

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