ERIC Number: ED465832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Medicaid, Census, and the CPS: What They Reveal about Child Undercount and Poverty. JCPR Working Paper.
Osborne Daponte, Beth; Wolfson, Lara J.
"Medicaid undercount" occurs when the number of people enrolled in exceeds the number estimated to be eligible for the program. One hypothesis proposed for this phenomenon has been inadequacies in the estimation of the number eligible for benefits, including health insurance status reporting error. This paper presents a methodology for calculating the number of Medicaid-eligible children by combining multiple sources of data, using as a case study Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The analysis includes adjustments for undercount and uncertainty about the population size and income distribution. It finds that for most age categories and income levels, the number of children enrolled exceeds the estimated eligible population. It discusses three possible explanations for this apparent over-enrollment and speculates on the likelihood of severe census undercount of America's poorest children. (Contains 44 references.) (SM)
For full text: http://www.jcpr.org/wpfiles/daponte_wolfson.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Joint Center for Poverty Research, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania