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Date:2/7/2013

eir income eligibility threshold for CHIPfor example, from 200 to 400 percent of the poverty linebut also require more than a modest premium contribution, health insurance coverage outcomes for children are virtually unchanged," Gresenz says.

Gresenz notes that many states have implemented premium contribution requirements for public health insurance as a way to reduce "crowd-out," or the movement of children with private health insurance to public coverage when public coverage becomes available.

"Our research shows that families are sensitive to these premium costs," adds Gresenz. "To meaningfully affect coverage outcomes, insurance needs not only to be more available, but also more affordable. The subsidies for the purchase of coverage that the Affordable Care Act provides to families with incomes under 400 percent of the poverty line are crucial in realizing health reform's full potential to reduce the number of uninsured in the country," she says.


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Contact: Karen Mallet
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Georgetown University Medical Center
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