Children with special health care needs enrolled in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program : patient characteristics and health care needs – SCHIP
Peter G. Szilagyi
Background. Children with special health care needs (CSHCN) often require more extensive services than children without special needs. The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in many states typically provides less extensive benefits and services than do state Medicaid programs. To design SCHIP to address the needs of CSHCN adequately, it is important to measure the degree to which children who enroll in SCHIP have special health care needs and to assess their health status and unmet health care needs. Little is known about the characteristics or preenrollment experience of CSHCN who enroll in SCHIP.
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