Brief Can the President's Health Care Tax Proposal Serve as an Effective Substitute for SCHIP Expansion?
Linda J. Blumberg
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The Bush Administration has proposed using a tax deduction approach to expand health insurance coverage instead of expanding SCHIP coverage for more children. On October 3, the president vetoed the SCHIP reauthorization bill passed by Congress. This brief compares the financial burden for families associated with purchasing coverage for their children under the President's proposal and under the SCHIP reauthorization bill and discusses the likely impacts on uninsurance among children. We find that the financial burdens for families between 150 and 300 percent of the federal poverty level would be much higher under the tax deduction approach than under SCHIP.
Research Areas Health and health care Taxes and budgets
Tags Health insurance Federal health care reform Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  Private insurance State Children's Health Insurance Program Individual taxes
Policy Centers Health Policy Center