A million children fell off Medicaid, CHIP rolls since 2017

Between December 2017 and June 2019, more than a million children were no longer enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to census data analyzed by The New York Times.

While more families may be gaining employment and coverage through their jobs, administrative rules aimed at lowering fraud and waste in the programs may also be pushing children out of the programs, according to the Times.

The publication found the number of children without health insurance rose by more than 400,000 between 2016 and 2018. The increase comes after coverage for children was nearly universal.

Most of the decreases in insured children occurred in a select few states, whereas public coverage actually increased in others. Tennessee and Texas saw the largest increases in uninsured children, according to the report. The states are among those that have implemented new eligibility rules beneficiaries must meet to stay on the program.

Access the full report here.

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