Research Report Getting In, Not Getting In, and Why
Understanding SCHIP Enrollment
Ian Hill, Amy Westpfahl Lutzky
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This analysis of the SCHIP and Medicaid application processes in 8 states finds that states have implemented similar strategies for simplifying SCHIP enrollment, but simplifications to Medicaid are less extensive. Inconsistencies between SCHIP and Medicaid eligibility requirements and procedures can make the enrollment process confusing for families. While less than 50 percent of applications were approved for SCHIP in many states, a large proportion appeared eligible for Medicaid and were referred to that program. Large proportions of SCHIP applications are denied for procedural reasons. SCHIP programs ask families about existing health insurance coverage, but only a small proportion already have insurance. State data systems cannot precisely report on the outcomes of the eligibility process.
Research Areas Health and health care Children and youth
Tags Health insurance Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  State Children's Health Insurance Program Children's health and development Maternal, child, and reproductive health