The number of low-income children without health insurance has dropped in the past five years partly because of aggressive enrollment efforts for the State Children's Health Insurance Program and expanded eligibility requirements, according to the Center for Studying Health System Change, Washington. The proportion of low-income children without health insurance dropped to 16.1% in 2001 compared with 20.1% in 1997. More low-income children enrolled in Medicaid or SCHIP, 36% of the total in 2001 compared with 28.4% in 1997, and fewer received private healthcare coverage, 42.3% compared with 47% in 1997. "While there's been some substitution, the bottom line is that SCHIP has significantly reduced the number of low-income, uninsured children," researcher Peter Cunningham said in a written statement. -- Patrick Reilly
SCHIP reducing number of uninsured children
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