Title XXI Policy Analysis

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The policy I have chosen is Title XXI, also known as State’s Children Health Insurance Policy (SCHIP). It is legislation included in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Section 4901 of Title XXI establishes a program with the stated purpose of “providing funds to States to enable them to initiate and expand the provision of child health assistance to uninsured, low-income children in an effective and efficient manner that is coordinated with other sources of health benefits coverage for children. Such assistance shall be provided primarily for obtaining health benefits coverage through :`( 1) obtaining coverage that meets the requirements of section 2103, or`(2) providing benefits under the State's Medicaid plan under title XIX, or a combination of both.” (BBA) As touched upon in the purpose…show more content…
Because America deals primarily with privatized health insurance policies, there is a gap of coverage between those who can afford health insurance, and those who qualify for Medicaid. While the Clinton administration tried other options for a more national health policy, and the subsequent failure of such options, Congress found SCHIP to be an acceptable policy to deal with the problem of uninsured children. The language in Title XXI is stated in a way that the makes requirements for the health coverage to be set up by the individual State. Although superficially similar to Medicaid in many ways, there are a few key differences in the provisions of SCHIP that make it important. Medicaid was established in 1965 as Title XIX of the Social Security Act. It’s an
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