The major health reform bills working their way through the House and under development in the Senate would expand Medicaid and provide new options for families whose children are eligible for each state's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), according to a new policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
However, each establishes--or is expected to establish--"different income eligibility limits, allows for different approaches for private insurance coverage, and specifies different arrangements for how the federal government will share the costs," the briefs' researchers note.
In the House, the bill (HR 3200) introduced earlier this month would expand Medicaid to all individuals with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level. The cost of covering this new group would be fully paid for by the federal government. (The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the cost of Medicaid and CHIP provisions would run $438 billion over 10 years.) In addition: