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Journal Issue: Health Insurance for Children Volume 13 Number 1 Spring 2003

Balancing Efficiency and Equity in the Design of Coverage Expansions for Children
Linda J. Blumberg

Introduction

An important challenge in designing policy initiatives to address the problem of uninsured children is that the objectives implicit in the programs can conflict. These conflicts necessitate prioritizing multiple objectives and identifying acceptable tradeoffs in order to achieve effective policy design that reflects the nation's social priorities. This article provides a general discussion of some competing objectives and tradeoffs and presents a framework for evaluating future attempts to design children's health insurance programs.