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Children's Health Coverage: Medicaid, CHIP, and Next Steps

Friday, November 13, 2009

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) play a crucial role in the U.S. health insurance system by providing coverage for more than one in four children. The number of children in CHIP is at an all-time high, having grown 15 percent over the past year alone. About half of Medicaid’s enrollees are children. And yet, more than 8 million children remain uninsured today, 70 percent of whom are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

What factors influence children’s coverage? What are the trends in private sector coverage? How well are the enrollment simplification and outreach tools that are included in this year’s CHIP reauthorization helping to reach those children who are eligible but unenrolled? How much does a child’s coverage depend on where he or she lives? How have states’ budget shortfalls affected children’s coverage? What is being proposed in the House and Senate reform bills that could affect children’s coverage in the future?

To discuss these questions and others, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored a November 13 briefing. Panelists were: Jocelyn Guyer of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute; Nate Checketts, director of Utah’s CHIP program; and Stan Dorn of the Urban Institute. Ed Howard of the Alliance moderated.


 Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator
 Jocelyn Guyer, Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University, Speaker
 Nate Checketts, CHIP Program, State of Utah, Speaker
 Stan Dorn, The Urban Institute, Speaker
(Click on the camera icon to see a video of the speaker's presentation.)

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Children's Health Coverage: Medicaid, CHIP, and Next Steps (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 11/13/2009
Event Summary: Event Summary (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 11/13/2009
Full Webcast/Podcast: Children's Health Coverage: Medicaid, CHIP, and Next Steps

The full webcast and podcast for this briefing, as well as videos of individual speakers' presentations, are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Jocelyn Guyer Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 11/13/2009
Nate Checketts Presentation (PowerPoint), 11/13/2009
Stan Dorn Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 11/13/2009

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Agenda (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 11/13/2009
Speaker Biographies (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 11/13/2009
Sourcelist (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 11/13/2009
Event Summary (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 11/13/2009

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

Weathering the Storm: States Move Forward on Child and Family Health Coverage Despite Tough Economic Climate, Georgetown Center for Children and Families, 9/1/2009
Health Care Reform for Children with Public Coverage: How Can Policymakers Maximize Gains and Prevent Harm? (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Urban Institute, 6/1/2009
Side-by-Side Comparison of Major Health Care Reform Proposals, The Kaiser Family Foundation, 11/12/2009
Health Coverage of Children: The Role of Medicaid and CHIP (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, 10/1/2009
Children's Health Coverage, Alliance for Health Reform, 10/1/2009
Expert Voices: Uninsured and Eligible for Public Coverage (Adobe Acrobat PDF),National Institute for Health Care Management, 11/3/2009
Implementation Choices for the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (Adobe Acrobat PDF),The Commonwealth Fund, 9/1/2009
Characteristics of Rural & Urban Children Who Qualify for Medicaid or CHIP but Are Not Enrolled (Adobe Acrobat PDF),NC Rural Health Research & Analysis Center, 7/1/2009
Reaching Eligible but Uninsured Children in Medicaid and CHIP (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Georgetown Center for Children and Families, 3/1/2009
Building Effective Health Coverage: The Differences between Child and Adult Health Care (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Voices for Utah Children, 6/1/2008
Building on Success to Effectively Integrate Current Children’s Coverage with National Health R, National Academy for State Health Policy, 8/1/2009
Maximizing Kids Enrollment in Medicaid and SCHIP: What Works in Reaching, Enrolling and Retaini (Adobe Acrobat PDF),National Academy for State Health Policy and Robert Wood Johnson, 2/1/2009
Public Coverage Versus No Coverage for Children: Perceptions and Experiences of Parents in Four, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 5/1/2009
Understanding Public Perceptions: Results from Research on Children in Health Reform (Adobe Acrobat PDF),First Focus, 10/1/2009
Families with Mixed Eligibility For Public Coverage: Navigating Medicaid, CHIP, and Uninsurance, Health Affairs, 10/1/2009
Using Information from Income Tax Forms to Target Medicaid and CHIP Outreach: Preliminary Resul (Adobe Acrobat PDF),State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) and Robert Wood Johnson, 9/1/2009
Defying Slump, 13 State Insure More Children, The New York Times, 7/19/2009
Key Medicaid, CHIP, and Low-Income Provisions in H.R. 3962 (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Georgetown Center for Children and Families, 11/3/2009
State Buy-In Programs: Prospects and Challenges, Urban Institute, 11/24/2008
Covering All Children: Issues and Experience in State Policy Development, National Academy for State Health Policy, 5/1/2008
Actuarial Study: Children Currently Enrolled In CHIP Will Face Higher Costs if Moved into Excha, First Focus; Study conducted by Watson Wyatt Worldwide, 10/1/2009
Health Overhaul Sparks Debate On Future Of Children's Health Program , Kaiser Health News, 11/17/2009


Jocelyn Guyer, co-executive director of Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families, offered an overview of children's coverage through Medicaid and CHIP at the Nov. 13 briefing co-sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (11 min.)

Stan Dorn, senior research associate at the Urban Institute, describes features of the health reform bills in Congress that would affect children's coverage. From the Nov. 13 briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (10 min.)

Nate Checketts, director of the Utah CHIP program, explains how his state streamlines enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP and how national health reform could affects states. From the Nov. 13 briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (10 min.)


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