Members of the Health Policy Consensus Group offer the following guidelines to policymakers for consideration during debate over reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). We also offer a brief summary of our larger vision of expanding access to health insurance.
Funding for SCHIP should be redeployed to more effectively expand coverage to children who are most in need and give them access to private health insurance.
Tax policy governing the provision of health insurance should be fair and equitable.
Expand private sector coverage for lower-income working families through direct assistance, including vouchers or refundable health care tax credits for the purchase of private health insurance.
Establish greater flexibility in the use of SCHIP and Medicaid funding.
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