Developing a consensus on strategies that maximize uninsured children's enrollment in public health coverage

Despite the successes of the past decade in increasing children's health insurance coverage, as many as 75 percent of the remaining 9 million uninsured children in the U.S. are eligible for either Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). As Congress debates SCHIP reauthorization, attention is being focused on this problem and the need to identify and implement strategies to maximize enrollment in the two programs. Under this project, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) will work with the Foundation's Coverage Team in taking the first steps in developing a strategy and, ultimately, a national program designed to maximize enrollment in Medicaid and SCHIP. Specifically, NASHP will: (1) determine points of consensus among policy, advocacy, research, and program experts on the most effective strategies for enrolling uninsured children eligible for Medicaid and SCHIP; (2) enlist the endorsement of influential stakeholders for the consensus strategies and methods; and (3) work with the Coverage Team to design a national program to implement and evaluate the consensus recommendations. This project will support a key component of the Coverage Team's strategy, namely maximizing participation in existing health insurance programs.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $230,726.00

Awarded on: 7/17/2007

Time frame: 8/1/2007 - 5/31/2008

Grant Number: 62427


Center for Health Policy Development/NASHP

10 Free Street, 2nd Floor
Portland, 04101-4897


Catherine Anne Hess
Project Director


Alan Reed Weil
Project Director