The Effect of the State Children's Health Insurance Program on Health Insurance Coverage

39 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2002 Last revised: 31 Oct 2010

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Anthony T. Lo Sasso

University of Illinois at Chicago - School of Public Health

Thomas C. Buchmueller

University of California - Paul Merage School of Business - Economics/Health Care; University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: December 2002

Abstract

This paper presents the first national estimates of the effects of the SCHIP expansions on insurance coverage. Using CPS data on insurance coverage during the years 1996 through 2000, we estimate two-stage least squares regressions of insurance coverage. We find that SCHIP had a small, but statistically significant positive effect on insurance coverage. Our regression results imply that between 4% and 10% of children meeting income eligibility standards for the new program gained public insurance. While low, these estimates indicate that states were more successful in enrolling children in SCHIP than they were with prior Medicaid expansions focused on children just above the poverty line. Crowd-out of private health insurance was estimated to be in line with estimates for the Medicaid expansions of the early 1990s, between 18% and 50%.

Suggested Citation

Lo Sasso, Anthony T. and Buchmueller, Thomas C., The Effect of the State Children's Health Insurance Program on Health Insurance Coverage (December 2002). NBER Working Paper No. w9405. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=364749

Anthony T. Lo Sasso

University of Illinois at Chicago - School of Public Health ( email )

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Thomas C. Buchmueller (Contact Author)

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University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )

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