CHIP Expansions to Higher-Income Children in Three States

Profiles of Eligibility and Insurance Coverage

Report analyzes how CHIP expansions to include children in higher-income families affected rates of uninsurance among children in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Washington. The authors found that Illinois’ ambitious expansion in children’s eligibility resulted in higher rates of health coverage, cutting the number of uninsured children by almost half. Washington and Pennsylvania also experienced a decline in children’s uninsurance, but the authors conclude that it cannot be attributed solely to these two states’ more modest eligibility expansions.