Uninsured children and SCHIP

Peter R. Orszag, Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), testified on coverage of uninsured children in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). SCHIP was established in 1997 for children in families with incomes that are modest but too high for Medicaid. In his testimony, Orszag compares SCHIP with Medicaid, and discusses SCHIP's displacement, or "crowding out," of private coverage, the substitution of SCHIP for employer-sponsored insurance, and the effect on SCHIP of the Administration's August 2007 directive on state coverage of children.

Covering Uninsured Children in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (pdf, 20pp/120kB), April 9, 2008

See also CBO's website on SCHIP.

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