Analytic support for the State Coverage Initiatives

The Foundation's State Coverage Initiatives was designed to help states plan and develop insurance market reforms, Medicaid reforms, and other significant health care financing and delivery changes.This grant provides continued support for ongoing technical assistance activities at the Urban Institute. It has three main purposes: (1) to provide technical assistance to states; (2) to prepare policy papers on selected state health policy issues; and (3) to update the State Data Book. The Urban Institute will continue to provide technical assistance to states using data from the Current Population Survey and the Urban Institute's National Survey of American Families. This will include helping states to estimate the number of uninsured in different categories within the state (e.g., children under 250 percent of the federal poverty level) and to compare that to national and other state estimates. The project also will include organizing a series of workshops involving researchers, state officials, individuals from the Congressional Budget Office, and others to try to develop a consensus on key assumptions that affect estimation of the cost and impact of new initiatives (e.g., crowd-out/substitution effects of publicly subsidized children's coverage, participation rates, the cost of alternative benefits packages, the impact of sliding-scale premiums, cost savings from managed care, and administrative costs of private and public programs). Also, the project will produce the fourth version of the State Data Book, a reference document for state-specific data on health insurance coverage; demographic characteristics; and variations across states on coverage of children, the near elderly, the working uninsured, low-income adults, etc.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $750,000.00

Awarded on: 8/25/1998

Time frame: 9/1/1998 - 1/31/2003

Grant Number: 34538


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Linda J. Blumberg
Project Director


Len M. Nichols
Project Director