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The New Children's Health Insurance Program

Early Implementation and Issues for Special Populations

By Abigail English

The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 gave states options to provide essential health care to children and adolescents from low-income families without health insurance. While almost every state has submitted a children's health insurance program plan, advocates may find significant opportunities for developing the plans to make them more effective and perhaps to help fill some gaps left by welfare reform.

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