TITLE

MISGUIDED HEALTH POLICY: FUNDING SCHIP WITH CIGARETTE TAXES

AUTHOR(S)
O'Rourke, Thomas
PUB. DATE
June 2008
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;2008, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p97
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents a commentary to the proposition of financing the increased funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) through taxes of tobacco products in the U.S. This program provided $24 billion in federal matching funds to help states expand health care coverage to over five million of the country's uninsured children from families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private health insurance. It is said that SCHIP is funded jointly by the federal and state governments and administered by the states. However, most states continue to fail to fund tobacco prevention programs at minimum levels recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC).
ACCESSION #
36181632

 

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