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Health Insurance Premiums and Cost-Sharing: Findings from the Research on Low-Income Populations

Health Insurance Premiums and Cost-Sharing: Findings from the Research on Low-Income PopulationsThis policy brief reviews studies on the impact of premiums and cost-sharing, particularly on low-income populations, and finds that premiums generally depressed participation in public programs and cost-sharing affected health utilization, access and outcomes. Policy Brief

Enrolling Children and Families in Health Coverage: The Promise of Doing More

The 50 state survey of enrollment simplification and renewal procedural reforms, shows that states continue to take steps to transform the Medicaid program from its origins as a welfare-based program into something resembling a more traditional health insurance program. Report (.pdf) >>All 50-State Children’s Health Coverage Reports

First Glance at the Children’s Health Initiative in Santa Clara County, California

A new background report examines Santa Clara County in California in its effort to provide health insurance coverage (Children’s Health Initiative or CHI) to all children living in the county. As one of the first localities to attempt such an initiative, its experiences can highlight important lessons and potential best…

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…

Why Express Lane Eligibility Makes Sense for States and Low-Income Families

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…