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Family Coverage Options under CHIP, the State Children's Health Insurance Program

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Publication Date: August 1998

Publisher(s): Families USA

Topic: Health (Health services for children)

Type: Report


As states develop plans to expand health insurance for children, some are also looking at ways of extending insurance to the parents of those children. Most uninsured children live in families in which the parents are also uninsured. Uninsured adults, like uninsured children, have less access to health care. What's more, the health and well-being of children is closely related to the health and well being of the adults who care for them. While no one wants to pit parents' coverage against children's coverage, in the current economic climate, many states can afford to cover both groups.