Overlapping Eligibility and Enrollment: Human Services and Health Programs Under the Affordable Care Act. Determination of whether a person should be categorized as a child, parent, or non-parent in the tables


This categorization attempted to follow the categorization that applies to most Medicaid eligibility pathways. A “child” was defined strictly in terms of age – anyone under 19 was categorized as a child, regardless of whether that person was married and/or was a parent. Persons 19 and older were categorized as “parents” if they were the head or spouse of a family and that family contained at least one person under 19 who was the “own child” of the family head (thus, as in most states’ Medicaid programs, in cases where all children are being cared for by relatives, the caretaker relatives were not categorized as “parents”). Note that unmarried parents living in the same household were considered to be members of the same family and were each counted as a parent. However, if a parent is a step-parent, he or she was not categorized as a parent. Related subfamilies were treated as separate families. All persons 19 and older who did not meet the definition of “parent” were categorized as “non-parents.”

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