Children Eligible for Medicaid or CHIP

Journal Article

Children Eligible for Medicaid or CHIP

Who Remains Uninsured, and Why?

Abstract

Using the 2008 and 2012 American Community Survey and 2011–2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, the authors assessed eligibility for Medicaid/CHIP among uninsured children and the reasons some children are unenrolled. Despite increases in the number eligible for Medicaid/CHIP between 2008 and 2012, participation rose by 6 percentage points nationally. The number of eligible but uninsured declined from 4.9 to 3.7 million, but 68% of uninsured children in 2012 qualified for Medicaid/CHIP. Interest in enrolling uninsured children in Medicaid/CHIP is high, but despite the high rates of prior enrollment, many families had knowledge gaps and perceived difficulties with enrollment.

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