Children's health insurance: Analysis of trends and initiatives

While statistical trends in the number of children covered by health insurance are well known, information about the scope, quality and effectiveness of health care provided to children is less clear. The purpose of this project is to generate a series of analyses examining: (1) trends in children's health insurance coverage; (2) the scope of private health insurance benefits for services critical to children; (3) the extent to which premium subsidy programs have been effective in covering children; and (4) the effectiveness of services delivered in a managed care setting to children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. The project team will use a variety of sources, including the Current Population Survey, the NHIS Supplements on Access to Care and Health Insurance, employer benefit surveys, the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Alpha Center's information on states' subsidized-premium demonstrations, and a primary survey of employers to develop a series of analyses of how children are faring under current coverage patterns. The reports will include: (1) an analyses of recent trends in children's health insurance; (2) a study of private health insurance benefits for children; (3) premium subsidy programs for children; and (4) monitoring managed care for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. These analyses will provide information critical to the design of new initiatives to increase children's access to care. They will also provide the country with accurate, timely information about the status of and trends in children's access.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $627,152.00

Awarded on: 4/17/1997

Time frame: 7/1/1997 - 6/30/2000

Grant Number: 31009


Paul W. Newacheck
Project Director