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Medical News & Perspectives
June 21, 2000

Medically Underserved Children Need More Than Insurance Card

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JAMA. 2000;283(23):3056-3057. doi:10.1001/jama.283.23.3056-JMN0621-2-1

Boston—The State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), introduced in 1997, is the largest commitment the US government has made to children's health since it established Medicaid in 1965. Under SCHIP, Congress has authorized $40 billion over 10 years for states to purchase health insurance for low-income uninsured children. While this program promised to provide access to health care for millions of uninsured children, experts point out that the complex issues of poverty can frustrate this laudable goal.