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SCHIP and "Crowd-Out": How Public Program Expansion Reduces Private Coverage

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Publication Date: June 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Andrew M. Grossman; Greg D'Angelo

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: Health care; expansion; insurance; public

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


As Congress considers expanding SCHIP up the income ladder, it should recognize that throwing more money into the program will increasingly "crowd out" private funding and coverage while doing less to expand overall coverage.