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New NPR/Kaiser/Harvard Poll Examines Views On Children's Health Coverage

For immediate release: October 17, 2007

Boston, MA -- A new survey conducted jointly by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health examines the public's views and opinions of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and the pending legislation surrounding its reauthorization. The survey assesses the public's familiarity with the SCHIP debate, whether or not they support the renewal and expansion of the program, and who they believe should be eligible for health coverage through SCHIP. NPR is reporting findings from the poll in its coverage of the SCHIP reauthorization on its newsmagazines Morning Edition, The Bryant Park Project and All Things Considered.

The survey, Public Views on SCHIP Reauthorization, is part of a series of projects about health-related issues by NPR, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Representatives of the three organizations worked together to develop the survey questionnaire and to analyze the results, with NPR maintaining editorial control over its broadcasts on the surveys.

The poll was conducted after President Bush vetoed legislation to reauthorize and expand SCHIP. A nationally representative sample of 1,527 adults were interviewed from Oct. 8 to Oct. 13. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Full results are available online:

To interview the pollsters contact:
Harvard School of Public Health
Robin Herman  (617) 432-4752

Kaiser Family Foundation
Craig Palosky (202) 347-5270


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