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Millions of children are not receiving health benefits

WASHINGTON | Wed Sep 8, 2010

Joanne Allen, editing by Anthony Boadle, report for Reuters that “An estimated five million uninsured children in the United States were eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but were not enrolled in either plan, according to a new report.  The study published on Friday in the journal “Health Affairs” recommended policy reforms and broader efforts to get uninsured children into government medical programs, including the use of income tax data for automatic enrollment.”  These findings were reported on http://www.reuters.com.

Every state is effected by the budget issues.  Children’s health insurance is just one of the under funded areas that affect children and families.  A combination of State and Federal funds are involved with this process.

Benjamin D. Sommers reports that “Keeping children who are eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrolled in these programs remains an important policy challenge.  See Health Affairs.

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