Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Do Medicaid Expansions Crowd Out Private Health Insurance?

According to Hamersma and Matthew Kim (2013), the answer is no. The authors use data from the 1996, 2001, and 2004 panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). This data is supplemented with state-level information on Medicaid income eligibility rules. The authors classify each person as either: holding no insurance, private insurance, […]

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Does expanding insurance coverage improve access to care?

Although Health Reform did little to reduce the cost of health care, it did make significant strides to expand access to care.  For low-income individuals, the increased access comes along two dimensions: expanded Medicaid eligibility and increased physician fees.  Specifically, Health Reform required to Make all individuals with incomes below 138% of the Federal Poverty […]

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State Governments Providing Health Insurance to More Children

Of the 6.6 million uninsured children in the nation, 4.3 million are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Approximately 2.8 million children come from families at or near the federal poverty line (FPL). Despite the fact that millions of children are uninsured, children’s participation rates in Medicaid/CHIP are increasing. Today I […]

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Safety Net Patients in California

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) reviews how California’s safety net residents receive medical care.  Safety Net patients are considered those who have incomes below 300% of the federal poverty line.  Below is a list of governmental and non-governmental programs which serve California Safety Net residents. State: Medi-cal (California’s Medicaid program) and Healthy Families (California’s CHIP […]

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Explaining CHIPRA

In spring of 2009, the federal government passed the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act or CHIPRA.  The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), formerly known as the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health insurance to low income children. Like Medicaid, it is federally mandated, but state run. Some states provide health insurance for […]

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Explaining how Health Reform will alter Medicaid and CHIP

Health Reform, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), drastically altered the health care landscape.  Congress included health exchanges, and individual mandate, and a number of other reforms into the bill.  Today, I focus on how Health Reform will affect existing programs which care for the nations poor.  In particular, CHIP […]

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Eligibility Requirement for California Government Health Insurance Programs

The California HealthCare Foundation has an almanac entry on Children’s Health Coverage Facts and Figures.  Eligibility requirements for these programs is described in this table.  Other key findings include: The proportion of children without health insurance continued to decline through 2007, though the pace of improvement has slowed. Nearly 80 percent of California’s uninsured children […]

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