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Choices Under the New State Child Health Insurance Program: What Factors Shape Cost and Coverage?

The State Children’s Health Insurance Program, enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, provides over $20 billion in federal funds over five years to cover low-income uninsured children. This policy brief examines how many children will participate and the public costs per covered child.

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