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Children’s Health Insurance: The Difference Policy Choices Make

This paper describes states' policy choices under CHIP and assesses the likely impact of these choices on coverage. Specifically, the paper describes the impact of design choices on the number of children covered, the likelihood that newly-covered children were previously uninsured (rather than insured), program costs, and savings to families…

A Premium Subsidy Program for Modest Income Children

Part of the Kaiser Incremental Health Reform Project, this paper describes a proposal to help low-income families with children purchase health insurance. An income-based premium subsidy program for children who are below 300 percent of poverty and who are not eligible for Medicaid coverage is described. Issue Paper

Analysis of a Specific Tax/Health Credit that Provides Insurance to All Children

Part of the Kaiser Incremental Health Reform Project, this paper outlines a proposal for providing health insurance to all children and describes how it could also: provide substantial tax relief to families with children; be distributionally progressive; protect the earned income tax credit; and enhance both the provision of employer…

The New Child Health Insurance Program: A Carefully Crafted Compromise

This paper explores the major policy compromises embodied in the CHIP program. It focuses on two areas: the relative control of the federal and state governments over the program, and the design of the program in relation to the private, employer-based health insurance market. This paper is part of the…

Making Child Health Coverage a Reality: Lessons From Case Studies of Medicaid and CHIP Outreach and Enrollment Strategies

Recent expansions in public health insurance for children and changes in welfare laws present states with the challenge of identifying and enrolling the large population of uninsured children in their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP). This study describes and analyzes the outreach and enrollment strategies and systems in…

Access To Health Care:

Promises and Prospects For Low-Income AmericansThis book explores critical issues affecting access to health care for low-income Americans by assessing the importance of expansions of health coverage for the poor, the emerging challenges providers who serve low-income and uninsured populations face in a rapidly evolving health care delivery system, and…

Enrollment Increases in State CHIP Programs: December 1998 to June 1999

A new survey of state officials, conducted by Vernon Smith of Health Management Associates for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, found that the number of children enrolled in stateCHIP programs has grown to more than 1.3 million in June 1999 from about 835,000 in December 1998. The…

The Key to the Door: Medicaid’s Role in Improving Health Care for Women and Children

This article, authored by Diane Rowland, Alina Salganicoff, and Patricia Keenan of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, assesses Medicaid’s contributions as a public financing program for health insurance coverage for the poor over the last three decades. It reviews Medicaid’s impact on the low-income population and discusses…