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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…

Medicaid and Welfare Reform: States’ Use of the $500 Million Federal Fund

This report reviews how states have responded to the $500 million federal fund that was created by the federal welfare reform legislation in 1996 to help states maintain Medicaid coverage for individuals affected by welfare reform. State Medicaid officials were asked whether they have drawn down federal funds from the…

Children’s Health Insurance: The Difference Policy Choices Make

This paper describes states' policy choices under CHIP and assesses the likely impact of these choices on coverage. Specifically, the paper describes the impact of design choices on the number of children covered, the likelihood that newly-covered children were previously uninsured (rather than insured), program costs, and savings to families…

A Premium Subsidy Program for Modest Income Children

Part of the Kaiser Incremental Health Reform Project, this paper describes a proposal to help low-income families with children purchase health insurance. An income-based premium subsidy program for children who are below 300 percent of poverty and who are not eligible for Medicaid coverage is described. Issue Paper

Analysis of a Specific Tax/Health Credit that Provides Insurance to All Children

Part of the Kaiser Incremental Health Reform Project, this paper outlines a proposal for providing health insurance to all children and describes how it could also: provide substantial tax relief to families with children; be distributionally progressive; protect the earned income tax credit; and enhance both the provision of employer…

The New Child Health Insurance Program: A Carefully Crafted Compromise

This paper explores the major policy compromises embodied in the CHIP program. It focuses on two areas: the relative control of the federal and state governments over the program, and the design of the program in relation to the private, employer-based health insurance market. This paper is part of the…

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…

Access To Health Care:

Promises and Prospects For Low-Income AmericansThis book explores critical issues affecting access to health care for low-income Americans by assessing the importance of expansions of health coverage for the poor, the emerging challenges providers who serve low-income and uninsured populations face in a rapidly evolving health care delivery system, and…