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REACHING OUT: Enrolling and Keeping Kids in the SCHIP Program

Monday, February 26, 2007

By some estimates, almost three-fourths of America’s nine million uninsured children are eligible for either State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) or Medicaid. As Congress begins debating the reauthorization of the program in earnest, policymakers are examining what is keeping these children from enrolling.

Specifically, how successful have state outreach, enrollment and retention efforts proved to be? What roles have community organizations and the private sector played in SCHIP outreach activities, and how important are these programs likely to be during the next decade in reaching eligible but uninsured children? Is there evidence that SCHIP outreach, enrollment and retention initiatives have affected Medicaid?

To analyze and answer these and related questions, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored a February 26th luncheon briefing at the Columbus Club, Union Station. Keynote speakers Sen. Edward Kennedy and Sen. Orrin Hatch, two of the "fathers" of the SCHIP program provided opening remarks. Other panelists included: Cindy Mann, executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University; Linda Nablo, SCHIP director in Virginia; Judith Cash, deputy director of the Virginia Health Care Foundation, an RWJF “Covering Kids and Families” grantee; and Judith Wooldridge, senior vice president, Mathematica Policy Research. Ed Howard of the Alliance moderated the session, and a representative of the Foundation offered introductory remarks.

Bill Erwin (Alliance) 202/789-2300
Najaf Ahmad (Johnson Foundation) 609/627-5735


Cindy Mann, Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University, Speaker
Linda Nablo, SCHIP -- VIrginia, Speaker
Judith Cash, Virginia Health Care Foundation, Speaker
Judith Woolridge, Mathematica Policy Research, Speaker
Andrew Hyman, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Moderator
Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Transcript: Reaching Out: Enrolling and Keeping Kids in the SCHIP Program (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 2/26/2007
Full Webcast/Podcast: Webcast: Reaching Out: Enrolling and Keeping Kids in the SCHIP Program

The transcript, full webcast and podcast for this briefing are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Source Materials

Making Health Care a Reality for Low-income Children and Families (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2/1/2007
Covering Kids & Families Evaluation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Mathematica Policy Research Inc., 2/9/2007
Resuming the Path of Health Coverage for Children and Parents: A 50 State Update on Eligi.... (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, 1/1/2007
SCHIP Financing: Funding Projections and State Redistribution Issues (Adobe Acrobat PDF), CRS Report for Congress, 1/30/2007
Too Close to Turn Back: Covering America's Children (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Georgetown University Health Policy Institute - Center for Children and Families, 12/12/2006
Santa Clara County Children's Health Initiative Outreach and Enrollment Efforts Are Effective.. (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Mathematica, 2/1/2006
Case Study of Virginia: Exploring Medicaid and SCHIP Enrollment Trends and Their Links to... (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Covering Kids and Families, 7/1/2006
Instability of Public Health Insurance and Coverage for Children and Their Families... (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Commonwealth Fund, 2/6/2007
State of the States: Building Hope, Raising Expectations (Adobe Acrobat PDF), State Coverage Initiatives, 2/1/2007
Sourcelist: Reaching Out: Enrolling and Keeping Kids in the SCHIP Program (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 2/26/2007
Speaker Biographies: Reaching Out (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 2/26/2007

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

Children's Health Insurance Reform: Increasing Coverage and Expanding Access in the States, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2/6/2007


Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) -- keynote speaker at the February 26th briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) -- keynote speaker at the February 26th briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Andrew Hyman, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- moderator at the February 26th briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Cindy Mann,executive director at the Center for Children and Families at the Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute -- speaker at the February 26th briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Linda Nablo, Director of the Division of Maternal & Child Health at the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services -- speaker at the February 26th briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Judith Cash, Deputy Director of the Virginia Healthcare Foundation -- speaker at the February 26th briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Judith Woolridge, senior vice president at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. -- speaker at the February 26th briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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