This report describes prior health insurance coverage of children entering SCHIP, as well as current coverage within their families. Main findings include:
- Over half of new enrollees (57%) were uninsured at the time they entered SCHIP.
- Most children (70%) entering SCHIP had health insurance for at least some portion of the previous year.
- Families of new SCHIP enrollees often have multiple types of health insurance, yet most enrollees (66%) have at least one uninsured parent.
- Half of the children entering SCHIP (51%) were eligible to enroll in job-based health insurance through at least one parent, although this option may not have been affordable.
- These findings help policymakers better understand the role that SCHIP plays in providing insurance coverage to low-income children in Kansas.