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An Alternative to SCHIP Expansion: Free the Kids

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Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Author(s): John C. Goodman

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Topic: Health (Health services for children)

Keywords: state children's health insurance; SCHIP; health care

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Currently there is a $1,000 tax credit for every child. Many Democrats would like to make it refundable (which means parents would get the money even if they owe no taxes). At the same time, many Republicans view the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) as a wasteful expenditure that crowds out private insurance. So here's how to satisfy everyone in one fell swoop.