Containing Costs And Improving Care for Children In Medicaid And CHIP

Source: Genevieve M. Kenney, Joel Ruhter, and Thomas M. Selden, Health Affairs, published online September 17, 2009
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From the abstract:
The current health reform debate is greatly concerned with “bending the curve” of cost growth and containing costs, particularly in public programs. Our research demonstrates that spending in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is highly concentrated, particularly among children with chronic health problems. Ten percent of enrollees (two-thirds of whom have a chronic condition) account for 72 percent of the spending; 30 percent of enrolled children receive little or no care. These results highlight the importance of cost containment strategies that reduce avoidable hospitalizations among children with chronic problems and policies that increase preventive care, particularly among African American children.

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