The Implications of a Loss in Public Health Coverage
A new Health Affairs article and a policy brief examine the implications of cuts to public coverage programs like Medicaid and SCHIP. The Health Affairs article finds that Medicaid and SCHIP cuts would increase emergency department visits by the uninsured, suggesting that cost containment actions on public coverage programs would shift costs to hospital uncompensated care. The policy brief examines the share of current enrollees in public programs who would have other coverage options if public coverage were no longer available and estimates that no more than 9 percent of currently enrolled low-income adults would have access to an alternative source of insurance.
also of interest
- Profiles of Medicaid Outreach and Enrollment Strategies: Using Text Messaging to Reach and Enroll Uninsured Individuals into Medicaid and CHIP
- The Uninsured: A Primer - Key Facts about Health Insurance on the Eve of Coverage Expansions
- What is Medicaid's Impact on Access to Care, Health Outcomes, and Quality of Care? Setting the Record Straight on the Evidence
- Faces of the Medicaid Expansion: Experiences and Profiles of Uninsured Adults Who Could Gain Coverage