The Effects of Trigger Events on Changes in Children's Health Insurance Coverage. What Does This Analysis Tell Us About Why Transitions Are So Numerous?


While we did not address this macro level question explicitly, trigger events provide a mechanism that is capable of accounting for the volume of transitions--and for changes that may develop over time. The events that we examined occurred with varying frequency in the different coverage groups, and when particular events occurred the children who experienced them often experienced changes in their health insurance coverage shortly thereafter. For children with ESI, 15 to 30 percent left ESI in the next four months. For uninsured children, 35 to 45 percent became insured in the next four months. Many of the events that we examined are potentially sensitive to changes in the economy. If particular events become more frequent or less frequent, will the transitions with which they are associated be affected as well? The question is important, but to answer it we need to observe changes in the frequency of events and then assess their impact on transitions. Comparison of the late 1990s with the earlier years included in this study may provide the material with which to answer this question.

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