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SCHIP Program Enrollment:  December 2003 Update

SCHIP Program Enrollment: December 2003 UpdateThe latest survey of states on State Children's Health Insurance Program shows an enrollment decline in the second half of 2003–the first decline in the six-year history of the program.Report (.pdf)

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Enrollment Increases in State CHIP Programs: December 1998 to June 1999

A new survey of state officials, conducted by Vernon Smith of Health Management Associates for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, found that the number of children enrolled in stateCHIP programs has grown to more than 1.3 million in June 1999 from about 835,000 in December 1998. The…

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Health Coverage in an Economic Downturn: Impact of Tight Budgets on Families and States

The economic downturn has strained family finances and prompted some Americans to cut back on medications and forgo preventive care and visits to the doctor. At the same time, the downturn has triggered declines in tax revenue that inhibit states’ ability to meet rising Medicaid program costs as enrollment spikes…

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CHIP TIPS: Medicaid Performance Bonus

This brief, the first in a series, examines the new federal “performance bonus” available to states that do an especially good job of signing up eligible children for Medicaid. The bonus, created by a provision in the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, is designed to help states…

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Express Lane Eligibility Efforts: Lessons Learned from Early State Cross-Program Enrollment Initiatives

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) provides states new options to reach and enroll eligible but uninsured low-income children into Medicaid and CHIP. The law’s Express Lane Eligibility (ELE) provisions enable state Medicaid and CHIP agencies to identify, enroll and recertify children by relying on eligibility…

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The Arizona KidsCare CHIP Enrollment Freeze: How Has It Impacted Enrollment and Families?

This paper examines the impact on enrollment and families of Arizona’s Dec. 21, 2009, decision to freeze enrollment in KidsCare, the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The CHIP enrollment freeze, enacted in response to recession-driven state budget pressures, saved the state $12.9 million in FY 2011, but has also…

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Express Lane Eligibility: How to Enroll Large Groups of Eligible Children in Medicaid and CHIP

This issue paper explores the potential for increasing enrollment in children’s health insurance programs through “Express Lane Eligibility.” Express Lane Eligibility is the accelerated enrollment of low-income uninsured children already participating in other income-comparable publicly funded programs, such as WIC or school lunch, into Medicaid or CHIP. The paper reviews…

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New Report Looks at Health Care Trends in California Compared to Rest of Nation

A new chartbook by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that on most, though not all indicators, California’s health care system fares poorly when compared to the U.S. as a whole. The report, Health Care Trends and Indicators in California and the United States, shows that many more Californians have no…

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Analyses of Kaiser Permanente Services for Insured Children

Analyses of the Child Health Plan and Other Kaiser Permanente Services for Publicly and Privately Insured Children, a new policy brief prepared for the Kaiser Family Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation by the Institute for Health Policy Studies at U.C. San Francisco, summarizes the results and policy implications of…

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Access to Care for S-CHIP Adolescents

The second in a series of reports on implementation issues and challenges in the first year of S-CHIP finds that the five study states have not focused special attention on the unique service needs of this age group, such as risk assessment and counseling, reproductive and sexual health services, and…

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