Teen Access to Healthcare is a Priority for Children’s Aid
As a society, we place great value on access to health care. While many advocacy groups promote health care for babies and young children, teenagers are sometimes forgotten. In fact, teenagers are less likely to see a doctor than any other demographic of the U.S. population. Teens have a distinct set of physical and emotional health-related issues, and The Children’s Aid Society offers assistance to them. In New York, teens have a right to receive several confidential health and family planning services. The parameters of a teen’s healthcare rights are outlined in a Children’s Aid’s advocacy brochure, “Teen Access to Health Care and Family Planning.” The pamphlet discusses:
- Informed consent and confidentiality
- Which medical services and treatments a person under the age of 18 can consent to in the state of New York without parental permission
- The educational rights of pregnant teens
- Medicaid Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP)
In addition, Children’s Aid has developed preventative health programs for teens and adolescents, and offers access to two teen health clinics where teens can find medical services and important answers to questions in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere. These programs and facilities give teens the tools to make good choices and to remain healthy. To become healthy adults, teenagers need education and access to healthcare; Children’s Aid is making that happen.