State Child Health Insurance Program Policies & Immigrant-Native Disparities in Children’s Health Care
Erin Hamilton (Affiliate in Sociology) with graduate researcher Ethan Evans (Sociology)

This project, funded through the Center for Poverty Research Graduate Student Fellowship Program, examines whether differences in state implementation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) affects disparities in health care between children of immigrants and children of natives. 

One in five children in the United States is the child of immigrants, and children of immigrants are twice as likely as children of natives to be uninsured. As the health of the United States depends on the country’s ability to integrate residents of diverse backgrounds into systems of care, uncovering lessons from years of experience with CHIP will be useful as we prepare for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014.