By utilizing state tax return information and other state records, a new effort by Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is working to reach and enroll the nearly 380,000 children potentially eligible for enrollment in public health insurance in the state, according to a new issue brief released today by the State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) program. The issue brief, compiled by researchers at The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), finds that Maryland officials were able to identify and target 27 percent of the state’s 1.4 million children who may be eligible for public health insurance. They did it through a combination of data sharing and reviewing modified tax forms made possible by Maryland’s Kids First Act.
With the passage of the Kids First Act, Maryland became one of three states using adjusted gross income and other state tax data to more effectively target insurance enrollment efforts. SHARE’s issue brief, Using Information from Income Tax Forms to Target Medicaid and CHIP Outreach: Preliminary Results of the Maryland Kids First Act, provides other states with lessons learned through the new law’s implementation, including:
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created the SHARE program to support evaluations of state health policy reforms and develop resources to inform future state health reform efforts.