The Role of Medicaid and SCHIP as an Insurance Safety Net

Research Report

The Role of Medicaid and SCHIP as an Insurance Safety Net

Abstract

This data brief documents the decline in health coverage from employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) for low-income adults and children between 2000 and 2004 and how this varied across states. During this period, uninsurance rates for low-income children fell by more than 2 percentage points, because Medicaid and SCHIP coverage expanded to offset the reduction in ESI. Without public programs serving as the same coverage safety net, uninsurance rates for low-income adults increased nearly 3 percentage points in the same period. The data brief shows that public coverage offset the reduction in ESI for children in states with large and moderate reductions in ESI.

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