Coverage Patterns Among SCHIP-Eligible Children and Their Parents

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Coverage Patterns Among SCHIP-Eligible Children and Their Parents

This brief uses the 2005 Current Population Survey to examine national patterns of coverage among families with SCHIP eligible children. Key findings are that: close to 2 million uninsured children are eligible for SCHIP, the majority of SCHIP enrollees could not be enrolled in an employer plan that covers their parents, and almost 40% of SCHIP enrollees lives with an uninsured parent. This implies that federal funding will have to be increased substantially to cover the remaining eligible but uninsured children and that many children stand to lose coverage altogether if federal funds are inadequate to meet existing program needs.

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