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Children’s Medicaid and SCHIP in Texas:  Tracking the Impact of Budget Cuts

Children’s Medicaid and SCHIP in Texas: Tracking the Impact of Budget CutsThe case study details the impact of Texas' legislative actions on enrollment in its Medicaid and SCHIP programs. Texas experienced the largest SCHIP enrollment decline in the nation between June 2003 and December 2003.Executive Summary (.pdf)Full Report (.pdf)

SCHIP Reauthorization: Key Questions in the Debate – A Description of New Administrative Guidance and the House and Senate Proposals – Issue Brief

SCHIP Reauthorization: Key Questions in the Debate – A Description of New Administrative Guidance and the House and Senate ProposalsThe U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have approved legislation to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which covers six million low-income children today. With the release of…

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…

Putting Children on the Express Lane to Health Insurance: Streamlining Enrollment and Renewal of Children in Medicaid and CHIP Through Express Lane Eligibility

Express Lane Eligibility (ELE) is a new tool available to states to streamline enrollment and renewal of children in Medicaid and CHIP. It allows state Medicaid and CHIP agencies to utilize data and eligibility findings from other public need-based programs, such as Head Start or Food Stamps, and/or tax return…

Resuming the Path to Health Coverage for Children and Parents: A 50-State Update on Eligibility Rules, Enrollment and Renewal Procedures, and Cost-Sharing Practices in Medicaid and SCHIP in 2006

Maintaining and expanding health coverage for children and parents will likely be in the forefront of health care policy debates in Washington and state capitols in 2007. With states generally in better financial shape since the fiscal crisis earlier in the decade, many have expressed interest in improving access to…

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…

Optimizing Medicaid Enrollment: Spotlight on Technology

The health reform law provides for a national expansion of Medicaid in 2014 that will extend eligibility to millions more low-income people, primarily uninsured adults. It also requires implementation of a coordinated system for determining eligibility for Medicaid and subsidized coverage in the new health insurance exchanges. Given the expected…

Children’s Health–Why Health Insurance Matters

Children’s Health–Why Health Insurance MattersThis fact sheet summarizes the importance of health insurance for children. Focusing on access to care and health outcomes, the fact sheet quantifies the impact of coverage.Fact Sheet

Simplified Eligibility for Children’s Medicaid in Texas:  A Status Report at Nine Months

Simplified Eligibility for Children's Medicaid in Texas: A Status Report at Nine MonthsThis report describes the initial success of Texas new law in removing barriers to children's Medicaid participation and provides the baseline information needed to observe and interpret how the next phase of implementation, the EPSDT mandate, will enhance…