Improving Coverage For Children Under Health Reform Will Require Maintaining Current Eligibility Standards For Medicaid And CHIP

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Improving Coverage For Children Under Health Reform Will Require Maintaining Current Eligibility Standards For Medicaid And CHIP

Abstract

When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, it will extend health insurance coverage to many uninsured adult Americans. New analysis projects that the ACA will also cut the number of uninsured children by about 40 percent and the number of uninsured parents by almost 50 percent, provided states continue their Medicaid and CHIP coverage for children. However, if the maintenance of effort requirement is rescinded and if Congress does not continue funding CHIP, the uninsurance rate for children could be higher than it is today.

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