The journal Health Affairs recently published an article authored by Dr. Sara Rosenbaum, the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University, and Dr. Genevieve Kenney, senior fellow and co-director of the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center. The article focuses on the future of health insurance coverage for U.S. children. Examining the growing role of public health insurance for this group, the authors describe how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) builds on earlier advances under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The authors also discuss the challenges involved in making the ACA’s private insurance reforms work for children. These challenges include: eliminating the “family glitch,” which bars subsidized Exchange coverage for children whose parents have employer coverage that is affordable only for themselves; and strengthening the coverage and cost-sharing standards that health insurance plans sold in the individual and small group markets must meet. “With these changes, the ACA’s key promise – affordable, high-quality coverage for nearly all Americans – can be more fully realized for children,” says Dr. Rosenbaum.
Read the article, “The Search for a National Child Health Coverage Policy,” in Health Affairs.