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Adolesc Med. 2000 Feb;11(1):165-82.

Financing adolescent health care: the role of Medicaid and CHIP.

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  • 1Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, Advocates for Youth, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA.


Financing health care for adolescents involves a combination of public and private sources of payment and, in the public sector, a combination of insurance coverage and categorical programs. In recent years, the importance of health insurance coverage has increased along with the potential for insuring more adolescents. Medicaid and the new State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offer numerous options for reducing the proportion of uninsured adolescents and for increasing adolescents' access to necessary health care. This article explores the potential of Medicaid and CHIP for meeting adolescents' needs, the extent to which they have done so already, and the gaps or missing links that remain. It also reviews issues that cut across funding sources related to managed care, consent, and confidentiality.

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