Man with kids The largest driver of the recent overall increase in use of Medicaid and CHIP has been due to larger numbers of workers at larger employers coming into the programs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It’s not just small employers that have workers relying on public insurance for their children: many people working at large private companies also insure their families through either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), according to a study by researchers at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The study, published in Health Affairs, did not determine why parents at such companies cover their kids under public insurance. It could be that the premiums on the employer’s plans for family coverage became too expensive, or there were changes in the parent’s own health care coverage, the authors speculate.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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