Health Care Coverage and Medicaid/CHIP Eligibility for Child Support Eligible Children. Conclusions


The CS eligible population has characteristics, including low incomes and non-traditional family structures, which make them particularly vulnerable to going without insurance coverage.  This analysis finds that the majority of CS eligible children are eligible for public coverage through their state Medicaid or CHIP program, but that many of them are not enrolled.  Furthermore, the economic downturn and eligibility expansions since 2008 have likely increased the share of children eligible for Medicaid and CHIP.  Thus, for most uninsured child support eligible children, the pieces are already in place to provide them with comprehensive coverage through Medicaid or CHIP.  Expanded efforts in enrolling eligible children could therefore have a major impact on reducing uninsurance for the child support population and in reducing the rate of uninsurance for all children.

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