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A Historical Review of How States Have Responded to the Availability of Federal Funds for Health Coverage

This historical review finds that the availability of federal funds has served as an effective incentive for states to provide health coverage to meet the health and long-term care needs of their low-income residents despite state budget pressures. The brief examines the history of earlier experiences and provides important context for how states may respond as they weigh the costs and benefits of expanding their Medicaid programs in 2014 as called for under the Affordable Care Act.

Short Term Options for Medicaid in a Recession

This policy brief discusses several short-term options for strengthening Medicaid at time when the economic recession has increased demand for the program and constrained state budgets. It details potential steps such as increasing federal funding, easing enrollment barriers and temporarily expanding coverage. Policy Brief (.pdf)

Medicaid Facts: Medicaid’s Role for Children – Fact Sheet

In 1995, 17.5 million children — one-quarter of all children under age 18 — had Medicaid coverage for health care services. Medicaid, the federal/state health program for the poor, pays for a broad range of services for children including well-child care, immunizations, prescription drugs, doctor visits, and hospitalization, and a…

Medicaid Eligibility for Families and Children

This paper provides an overview of Medicaid eligibility policy and examines two groups of Americans in particular – low-income children and nondisabled adults under 65 – and summarizes the statutory and regulatory pathways to Medicaid eligibility available to them as individuals. The paper concludes with a discussion of policy options…

SCHIP-Enrolled Children with Special Health Care Needs

: An Assessment of Coordination Efforts Between State SCHIP and Title V ProgramsThis study explores how the State Children’s Health Insurance Program serves children with special needs and assesses the role of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant program in filling in gaps in coverage. It…

SCHIP Program Enrollment:  December 2003 Update

SCHIP Program Enrollment: December 2003 UpdateThe latest survey of states on State Children's Health Insurance Program shows an enrollment decline in the second half of 2003–the first decline in the six-year history of the program.Report (.pdf)

Enrollment Increases in State CHIP Programs: December 1998 to June 1999

A new survey of state officials, conducted by Vernon Smith of Health Management Associates for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, found that the number of children enrolled in stateCHIP programs has grown to more than 1.3 million in June 1999 from about 835,000 in December 1998. The…

State Children’s Health Insurance Program at a Glance

A fact sheet that provides an overview of how the State Children’s Health Insurance Program is administered and financed, who is eligible, what services are covered, and what the policy issues are for the program’s reauthorization. Fact Sheet (.pdf)

A Decade of SCHIP: Experience and Issues for Reauthorization

A Decade of SCHIP: Experience and Issues for ReauthorizationAs the SCHIP program is due for reauthorization in 2007, this brief explores some lessons learned and highlights key policy issues for the upcoming debate. Issue Brief (.pdf)