Using National Survey Data to Analyze Children’s Health Insurance Coverage: An Assessment of Issues. 1. Reasons for Simulating Eligibility


There are two principal reasons for simulating Medicaid eligibility in the context of studying children’s health insurance coverage. The first is to obtain denominators for the calculation of Medicaid participation rates--for all eligible children and for subgroups of this population. The second is to estimate how many uninsured children--and what percentage of the total--may be eligible for Medicaid but not participating.