SCHIP Children

How Long Do They Stay and Where Do They Go?

This research brief, prepared by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, highlights findings from a seven-state study examining retention of children in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and coverage of kids after they leave the program.

The report finds that once children enrolled in SCHIP leave public insurance, they are far more likely to become uninsured—and remain uninsured for some time—than they are to obtain private coverage. The findings suggest that the extent to which SCHIP has substituted for private insurance may be well below the rates estimated in some studies.