CMS: Satisfaction Rates for Medicaid, CHIP Higher Than Employer Coverage

About 66 percent of low-income parents of children who have Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program coverage are overall "very satisfied" with the programs compared with 48 percent of low-income parents who are very satisfied with their employer-based health coverage, according to a CMS survey.

The survey gathered data from more than 1,900 parents with family incomes below 250 percent of the federal poverty line. Other results of the survey include the following:

•    Sixty-six percent of Medicaid and CHIP parents were very satisfied with the quality of care received compared with 55 percent of parents with employer coverage.
•    Seventy-one percent of parents said a main motivating factor for enrolling their child in Medicaid or CHIP was to get "peace of mind." Additionally, 70 percent of parents said they were motivated to enroll their child in Medicaid or CHIP after finding out the coverage was affordable.
•    Sixty-two percent of respondents with children in Medicaid or CHIP said they were very satisfied with being able to find a physician to take their child's insurance, compared with 58 percent of families with employer coverage.

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