Taking Stock of the Children’s Health Insurance Program
October 21, 2014 | Grantee Publications | Policy Research
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A report shows that the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a joint state-federal partnership, covered 8.1 million children at a cost of more than $13 billion in 2013. The report from the State Health Care Spending Project, a joint initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts and MacArthur, shows that CHIP has been instrumental in reducing the number of uninsured children nationally – from 10.7 million, or 15 percent of all children, in 1997, to 6.6 million, or 9 percent, in 2012. To better understand CHIP’s effect in the states, the report examines key facets of the program and how it is administered, as well as factors driving program variation among states, the landscape of children’s health insurance, and the ways CHIP will change with implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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