Covering adults through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program tends to be somewhat more expensive than covering children through the program.
Researchers at the U.S. Government Accountability Office have reported that finding in an study prepared at the request of Sen. Charles Grassley, the most senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.
GAO researchers looked at SCHIP coverage data for the 10 states that have been covering non-pregnant adults through SCHIP.
Only about 349,000 of the 4.5 million SCHIP participants were non-pregnant adults in 2006, but about 40% of all individuals covered by SCHIP in the 10 states studied were non-pregnant adults, GAO officials estimate.
Some states used SCHIP to cover the parents of children enrolled in the program, and some used SCHIP to cover childless, non-pregnant adults.