Health Coverage Of Children: The Role Of Medicaid and SCHIP

Source: Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, September 2007

Medicaid and SCHIP play a crucial role in the U.S. health insurance system by providing coverage for more than one in four children. These children are typically from lower income families for whom private plans are often unavailable or unaffordable. During 2005, about 28 million children were on Medicaid and more than 6 million were covered through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). However, 9.4 million children remain uninsured, and the vast majority of these children are from low and middle income families

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