To Insure More Poor Children, It Helps If Parents Are On Medicaid

September 5, 2017, Kaiser Health News, Shefali Luthra- Efforts by Republican lawmakers to scale back Medicaid enrollment could undercut an aspect of the program that has widespread bipartisan appeal - covering more children,research published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs suggests.The study focuses on the impact of Medicaid’s “welcome-mat” effect - a term used to describe the spillover benefits kids get when Medicaid eligibility is extended to their parents.Children were more likely to be enrolled in public health insurance programs - specifically Medicaid, which in some states is administered as an expansion of the federal-state Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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