Last week’s Denver Business Journal reports
Colorado received a $13.7 million award from the federal Centers forand Services Monday for making changes to its Medicaid enrollment policies that led to a big increase this year in the number of children enrolled in the public health insurance program.
Read more: Colo. Medicaid program gets $13.7M.
So the feds reward the Colorado government for expanding government dependency. The National Bureau of Economic Research estimates that “for every 100 children who are enrolled in public insurance, 60 children lose private insurance.”
Worse yet, programs like SCHIP discourage parents from advancing their careers and earning higher wages because they might forfeit their government benefits. Parents are thus caught in a “low-wage trap.” *
Instead of promoting government dependency and crowding out non-government insurance products, increase enrollment fees is the Colorado Children’s Health Plan Plus.and S-CHIP should support self-reliance, private charity, and a competitive insurance marketplace. One simple step would be to
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* I’ve quoted my own letter to the editor on this subject from two years ago.