Medicaid is the largest children's health program in the United States. Medicaid covers a broad range of health care services with few costs paid by the family. Medicaid is a joint program with costs shared between the federal and state governments. Children's hospitals provide a significant amount for Medicaid children.
Medicaid covers all services identified as medically necessary. This includes physician and hospital visits, well child care, health screenings, and vision and dental care. In Pennsylvania twenty-eight percent of children are enrolled and in New Jersey, twenty- four percent of children are enrolled.
Children's hospitals provide a significant amount of the care for Medicaid children. Children's hospitals are major providers of outpatient care to children assisted by Medicaid. Most provide a full range of outpatient services to children assisted by Medicaid, including primary, specialty and emergency care. It costs Pennsylvania just $2,429 a year for each child who is enrolled in Medicaid. In New Jersey, it costs just $1,925 per child a year. (Amount as of July 2005)
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is designed for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet cannot afford to buy private insurance for their children. CHIP coverage provides eligible children with coverage for a full range of health services including regular checkups, immunizations, prescription drugs, lab tests, X-rays, hospital visits and more.
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