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New Numbers on Enrollment of Uninsured Children

This report reveals that the total number of children enrolled in state CHIP programs had grown to 1.8 million by December 1999, a 112% increase from December 1998. Although enrollment doubled in 20 states during that year, growth did begin to moderate in several states that had implemented their programs relatively earlier on. The report also demonstrates that enrollment of new children continued at roughly the same pace during the second half of 1999 as the first. Conducted by Vernon Smith of Health Management Associates for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, this report is part of a larger project to track Medicaid and CHIP enrollment in all 50 states.