Field of Work: Children's health insurance
Problem Synopsis: In 1995, one out of every seven children in America had no health insurance, according to a study by the Employee Benefits Research Institute. The number of uninsured children was increasing and trends in private health care coverage and welfare reform threatened to accelerate the rate of increase. However, a model program, Florida Healthy Kids, had demonstrated that a children's insurance product could have a place in the marketplace.
Synopsis of the Work: The Healthy Kids Replication Program was a national program to help states develop a comprehensive children's health insurance product that was to be sold through the schools. However, the 1997 federal Balanced Budget Act of 1997 established the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provided block grant funds to the states to expand Medicaid coverage for uninsured children or develop a new insurance program. As a consequence, many states turned their attention to developing Children's Health Insurance Programs.
Five states received funding and achieved the following results: