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.
To reuse content from Urban Institute, visit copyright.com, search for the publications, choose from a list of licenses, and complete the transaction.