July 9, 2019

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

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

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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