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Parental eligibility and take-up of SCHIP: The roles of parental health and employment

Jane E. Miller, Dorothy Gaboda, Colleen Nugent, Theresa Simpson, and Joel C. Cantor

American Journal of Public Health
February 2011
In 2000, New Jersey’s State Children’s Health Insurance Program (NJ FamilyCare) expanded coverage to parents of eligible children from families with income below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level who were not covered by other health insurance. Using data from the 2003 NJ FamilyCare Family Health Survey, Miller and colleagues analyzed how parental eligibility and take-up (enrollment) varied by health and employment status. Odds of parental eligibility were 5.5 times as high in households without a full-time employed parent, and only 1/3 as high among single parents. Among eligible parents, odds of enrollment were more than twice as high among single parents. Roughly one third of eligible parents did not enroll, suggesting the need to increase awareness of parental eligibility and reduce barriers to enrollment. Implications for health reform are also discussed. The entire article can be read here.

Jane E. Miller, Dorothy Gaboda, Colleen Nugent, Theresa Simpson, and Joel C. Cantor. 2011. "Parental Eligibility and Take-up of SCHIP: The Roles of Parental Health and Employment." American Journal of Public Health, 101(2): 274-277.



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