State Median Income and Child Care Copayment Estimates Under Build Back Better

November 5, 2021

The federal Build Back Better Act proposes to expand child care subsidies for American families, creating a copayment system similar to that used in medical insurance. Families will, based on family income, pay anywhere between zero and seven percent of their annual family income as expressed as a percentage of their state’s median income.

As a companion to its recent Build Back Better Guide for Policymakers, The Hunt Institute has created tables depicting estimated copayment levels for families of two, three and four individuals. Note that copayments will cover all children under six in the household. State median income is derived from this estimate released by the US Department of Justice.


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