Journal Article Medicaid, SCHIP, and Economic Downturn
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Policy Challenges and Policy Responses
Stan Dorn, Bowen Garrett, John Holahan, Aimee Williams
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A new analysis conducted for the Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured examines the implications of a downturn for health coverage and state programs. The authors estimate that a one percentage point increase in the national unemployment rate would increase Medicaid and SCHIP enrollment by 1 million and cause the number of uninsured to grow by 1.1 million. The analysis documents how federal fiscal relief during the last economic downturn of 2003-2004 helped to stabilize Medicaid eligibility and let states avoid deeper budget cuts. The authors also consider alternative approaches to targeted federal fiscal stimulus.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Health and health care
Tags Fiscal policy Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  State Children's Health Insurance Program Health insurance
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