More working-poor families cover their children through Medicaid and CHIP

High health insurance costs are causing more low-income parents to cover their children through federal programs even if they have job-based health coverage for themselves, according to a new study by PolicyLab, an interdisciplinary research unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

From 2008 to 2013, the number of youngsters in low- and moderate-income families who were covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program increased 20 percent, the study found.

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