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Legislative Summary: State Children’s Health Insurance Program – Fact Sheet

State Children’s Health Insurance Program Summary November 1997 Nearly 10 million children are uninsured, often resulting in difficulties in obtaining needed health care. To expand coverage to low-income uninsured children, Congress enacted the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 (P.L.…

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Making Child Health Coverage a Reality: Lessons From Case Studies of Medicaid and CHIP Outreach and Enrollment Strategies

Recent expansions in public health insurance for children and changes in welfare laws present states with the challenge of identifying and enrolling the large population of uninsured children in their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP). This study describes and analyzes the outreach and enrollment strategies and systems in…

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California’s Undocumented Latino Immigrants:  A Report on Access to Health Care Services

California’s Undocumented Latino Immigrants: A Report on Access to Health Care Services This report provides the results of a survey of undocumented Latino immigrants in two California counties (Fresno and Los Angeles), including their access to health care services, insurance status, health status, and economic circumstances. Report

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Marketing Medicaid and CHIP: A Study of State Advertising Campaigns

A Survey and Analysis of What States Are Doing Based on interviews of state officials and analysis of tv, radio, and print ads from the states, this report is the first nationwide analysis of states’ advertising campaigns to enroll eligible kids into health coverage programs. Included is information about how…

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Making It Simple: State Profiles

Medicaid for Children and CHIP Guidelines and Eligibility for EnrollmentReport

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Issues Related to Unspent S-CHIP Money

A new policy brief discusses issues involving over $11 billion of S-CHIP funds that states have not spent. It has been proposed that states could apply to use the funds for unemployed workers in these tough economic times. What are the implications?

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Talking With Kids About Tough Issues

Talking With Kids About Tough Issues is a national campaign to support parents by Children Now and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. This guide for parents offers practical, concrete tips and techniques for talking easily and openly with young children ages 8 to 12 about tough issues: sex, HIV/AIDS,…

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Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Provisions in the New Health Reform Law

This brief compares the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program provisions in the new health reform law with pre-reform law governing those programs. The analysis focuses on Medicaid coverage and financing changes; how Medicaid and CHIP will interface with a new health insurance exchange and other Medicaid benefits and access…

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Reports and Other Resources on Trends in Children’s Health Coverage

With Congress poised to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) with a substantial increase in its federal funding, there are potentially new opportunities for reducing the estimated 9 million uninsured children nationwide. At the same time, the nation’s weak economy and growing unemployment is resulting in fewer families…

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Health Affairs Article: Beyond Incrementalism? SCHIP and the Politics of Health Reform

This article examines the political and legislative history of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and analyzes the lessons for policymakers who are contemplating broader health care reform. It was published online in the journal Health Affairs and was authored by Jonathan Oberlander, an associate professor, social medicine and health policy…

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