A paper by Buchmueller, LoSasso and Wong (2008) recounts that “6 million children who are eligible for public insurance remain uninsured.” One question that remains to be answered is whether or not the 6 million children eligible for SCHIP who did not take it up were disproportionately from immigrant groups. If this was true, public health workers could focus their take-up efforts in areas with high immigrant populations and produce more information material in foreign languages.
However, the authors the authors find the following: “In contrast to research on the earlier Medicaid expansions, we find similar take-up rates for the two groups. This suggests that state outreach strategies were not only effective at increasing take-up overall, but were successful in reducing disparities in access to coverage.”
- Buchmueller, Thomas C.; Lo Sasso, Anthony T.; and Wong, Kathleen N. (2008) “How Did SCHIP Affect the Insurance Coverage of Immigrant Children?,” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 8 : Iss. 2 (Advances), Article 3.