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August 17, 2006

The Role of Medicaid and SCHIP as an Insurance Safety Net

Source: Urban Institute

This Issue Brief, prepared by researchers at The Urban Institute with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, uses data from the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey to document the decline in health coverage from employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) for low-income adults and children between 2000 and 2004. During this period, uninsurance rates for low-income children fell by more than 2 percentage points, because Medicaid and SCHIP expansion offset the reduction in ESI. Without a similar public coverage safety net for adults, uninsured rates for adults increased nearly 3 percentage points in the same period. The Issue Brief also looks at whether public coverage tended to offset the reduction in ESI in some states more than in others.

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