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KFF: Health Coverage for Low-Income Children

Health Coverage for Low-Income Children

This fact sheet, last updated in March 2000, discusses health insurance status of low-income children and reviews current programs to provide coverage to this population. It outlines characteristics of uninsured low-income children and reviews consequences of their lack of coverage. It then describes the role of both Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in serving low-income children and concludes with a discussion of methods to increase enrollment in these programs.