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Urgent Action Needed To Address Children’s Unmet Health Care Needs During The Pandemic

This report examines children’s unmet health care needs during the pandemic and identifies strategies to address these gaps, as well as barriers to widespread implementation of these strategies.

The report finds large declines in childhood vaccinations in 2020 compared with prior years and serious concerns about children’s access to specialized therapies and mental health services. Children of color, children with special health care needs, children in families with low incomes or members with limited English proficiency, and children in rural areas face higher risks of unmet health care needs.