FIGURE 2-3 Distribution of persons served through Medicaid and payments by basis of eligibility, fiscal year 1998.

NOTE: Disabled children are included in the aged, blind and disabled category.

SOURCE: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2000a.

tions in the program. These conditions include asthma, diabetes, neurological disorders, high blood pressure, mental illness, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2001c; Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 1996; Westmoreland, 1999).

STATE CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM3

Designed as a joint federal-state program, SCHIP was created in 1997 to provide health insurance to poor and near-poor children through age 18 without another source of insurance. Approximately 4.6 million children were enrolled in SCHIP as of fiscal year 2001 (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2000b). SCHIP is targeted to children with incomes that exceed Medicaid eligibility requirements but remain under 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) (Rosenbach et al., 2001). Some states

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Unless otherwise indicated, data in this section are based on Department of Health and Human Services, 1997.



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