The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been very much in the news in the past few months, with significant coverage of problems with the federal website. Yet, this focus on the website takes attention away from the many benefits the law provides to children, families and pediatricians.

The ACA has much impact beyond enrolling the estimated 20% of Americans who lack insurance — half through exchange plans and half through Medicaid expansions. Many aspects of the law already have improved the quality of insurance that children and families have, e.g., the expansion to age 26 for young adults to be covered on their parents’ insurance, removal of lifetime caps, limits on unreasonable copayments and limits on pre-existing condition exclusions.

As more families seek coverage, the process has identified many children and adolescents who qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but have never enrolled. Almost two-thirds of...

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