During 1995 and 1996, four health policy organizations produced policy options for providing health insurance coverage for all children. The organizations included:
Recommendations were presented and debated in two forums in 1996: a seminar at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in and a conference sponsored by Boston University's School of Public Health.
George Washington University: Its report focused on the immediate need for a practical solution to the child health care crisis, which meant trying to be consistent with the direction in which government policy-makers seemed to be moving and in keeping with the public's expectations.
University of Kansas: Its report proposed one comprehensive program, recommending the establishment of a national network of community child health and wellness partnerships comprised of neighborhood clinics, youth groups and clubs, public schools, churches and other nonprofits, and neighborhood organizations.
McManus Health Policy presented three options:
At the conclusion of the projects, the principal investigators came together in a seminar at RWJF's headquarters in Princeton, N.J., to present their conclusions and recommendations to foundation staff members and others concerned with children's health issues.
The seminar underscored the urgent need to alert policymakers to the rapid decline underway in children's health care coverage.
A one-day conference, "Policy Options to Provide Children with Universal Health Insurance Coverage," took place in Washington on July 11, 1996. Some 56 representatives from child advocacy groups, think tanks, business groups, professional associations and the media attended.
Sponsored by the Boston University School of Public Health, the conference covered the primary reasons children do not have health insurance coverage, reasons why coverage is an urgent issue, and areas of consensus for possible next steps.