Low-income adults face more limits on Medicaid coverage as states tackle major budget deficits, and coverage to children could be threatened if the economy continues to stall, according to a report by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. From January 2002 to April 2003, five states -- Connecticut, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey and Tennessee -- significantly tightened Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults. Other states reinstated verification and reporting requirements that may deter adults from enrolling in the programs. Moreover, less coverage for parents reduces the likelihood that their children will be enrolled, the report said. Lawmakers are more protective of coverage for children through Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program. During the study period, Illinois and Oregon expanded coverage for children, and Tennessee lowered income eligibility levels for children. Montana and Utah, however, froze SCHIP enrollment, at least temporarily. Read the Kaiser report. -- by Tony Fong
Study: Coverage for low-income families at risk
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