This summary is intended to assist professionals who work in systems serving children, such as juvenile justice and child welfare. For more information about Medicaid and its key concepts as they relate to the juvenile justice system, see A Medicaid Primer for Juvenile Justice Officials.
As of November 2007, 998,584 adults and children were covered under Washington’s Medicaid program and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Washington operates its SCHIP program separately from Medicaid. The state also uses state-only funding to provide a low-cost health insurance option to adult residents. In federal fiscal year 2005, approximately $5.7 billion was spent for Medicaid services in Washington, and an additional $51 million was spent for SCHIP services. (These figures include spending for both adults and children.) The federal government supplied 51 percent of the funding for Medicaid and 65 percent of the funding for SCHIP.
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