Six Million Children on Medicaid Could Be Subject To Dramatically Higher Premiums and Cost-Sharing Charges under the House Budget Bill

By Jocelyn Guyer

This issue brief focuses on premium and cost-sharing changes in the fiscal year 2006 House of Representatives budget bill passed on November 15, 2005. The bill gives states broad flexibility to impose premiums and other cost-sharing mechanisms, as well as increase the maximum amounts states can charge beneficiaries. The implications of these changes for children are discussed in detail.