State Child Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) and Access to Medical Transportation Program Services

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December 2004

In 1997, Congress created the State Children s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) in response to concern over the growing number of children and families nationally without health insurance. Despite the growth and expansion of S-CHIP, there is practically no empirical information available regarding either the use of S-CHIP resources to assure access to medical services or analysis of the barriers to adequate transportation. Given this disparity, the purpose of this research is to create a typology of state CHIP models and the interface between each and the existing Medical Transportation Program (MTP) available to Medicaid recipients in select states.

In addition, the project compares rural and non-rural variances in patterns of utilization of MTP service in S-CHIP programs, and identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches utilized by the different state MTP models. Finally, the project compares the performance of the various state models in assuring access to covered medical services and identifies barriers to S-CHIP services.

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