In a ten-state study, Genevieve Kenney compared access to care and service use for children recently enrolled in SCHIP and children who had been enrolled in the program for at least six months. The analysis showed that children who were enrolled in SCHIP for at least six months had improved access to care along a number of different dimensions, particularly relative to children who were uninsured prior to enrolling in the program. Improvements were found in all ten study states and for children with different backgrounds and health needs. Kenney concluded that enrollment in SCHIP appears to improve children's access to primary health care services as well as providing parents more peace of mind about meeting their children's needs.
Health Services Research 42:4 (August 2007)