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The Numbers Are In: Could Some Children End Up Worse Off After Health Reform?

June 18, 2009

Questions raised by the CBO scoring of the HELP Committee bill suggest that states might drop CHIP and Medicaid programs.  Since specifics of the bill do not include how Medicaid expansion would work, the CBO could not determine such costs for it.  The CBO instead estimated that the federal subsidies given to consumers in the proposed insurance exchange would cause states that have expansions above 150% of the federal poverty level to scale those back.  Medicaid and CHIP are well-structured to provide affordable and quality health care for children.

To read more about how children might be affected, visit the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families Child Health Policy Blog here

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