Texas Children's Health Plan: Why safety net programs matter


The results of an eight year study sponsored by Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Children's Health Plan found that, overall, children's health coverage dropped during the recession, but enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid for children in Houston and its surrounding 12 counties doubled. These results demonstrate the need that the Houston community has, especially in times of economic uncertainty, for safety net programs like CHIP and Medicaid which help keep children and the entire community healthy.