July 9, 2019

Report: 70% Of Children On Medicaid, CHIP Have Parents Who Work At Large, Private Companies [WUSF]

Daylina Miller of WUSF writes:

"Of the 8.6 million children in working families who are covered by public insurance, more than 70% have a parent who works at a large, private company, according to a new study from PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

From 2008 to 2016, researchers found an increase in the number of families with private insurance who opted for health coverage for their children through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program - known as CHIP.


Anne Swerlick, a health policy analyst and attorney with the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added] said employers are passing on rising health care costs to workers, who are forced to seek insurance for their children elsewhere.

'The public coverage is much more affordable for people, there's very minimal cost sharing, and there's better coverage for kids,' Swerlick said."


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