Revisiting CHIP Buy-In Programs for Children

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CHIP
health insurance
children
Medicaid
public option
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Maternal and Child Health
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McCarthy-Alfano, Megan
Weiner, Janet
Diana, Amaya
Hagan, Elizabeth
Wikelius, Kristin
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States have a long history of providing families with the option to purchase Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage for their children, but these programs have dwindled in recent years. In a February 2020 Health Affairs blog post, we review states’ experiences with buy-in programs for children, present updated information on the four remaining CHIP buy-in programs, and compare them to child-only coverage on the individual market. Properly designed, targeted, and marketed, buy-in programs could be a cost-effective way of moving toward universal coverage for children.

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2020-02-14
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