Exploring SCHIP retention: When do children leave and who becomes uninsured?

Discussions about how to increase participation in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) typically focus on the most effective strategies for enrolling eligible children. An equally important, but often overlooked, concern is how states can retain eligible children in the program after they become enrolled. This study will use administrative and survey data to measure the rate at which eligible children leave SCHIP and become uninsured. It will then examine whether the rate or duration of "lapsed coverage" is linked to specific state policies or family characteristics. The project is consistent with the Foundation's Coverage Team's efforts to use research and evaluation to help maximize enrollment in public programs. Deliverables include a peer-reviewed final report and presentations at professional conferences.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $127,715.00

Awarded on: 8/1/2007

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

Grant Number: 60543


Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

600 Alexander Park
P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, 08543-2393


Benjamin Le Cook
Project Director


Christopher A. Trenholm
Project Director