Express Lane Eligibility: A New Way to Enroll Children in SCHIP and Medicaid

Exploring the options for auto-enrollment for children in CHIP and Medicaid

From 2007 to 2009, the Urban Institute researched policy options and produced a policy paper designed to help states implement “automated enrollment,” a strategy designed to ensure that eligible children enroll in publicly supported health insurance programs.

The policy paper focused on new incentives and eligibility options in the 2009 Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), which encouraged states to use existing data from other programs to establish children who are eligible to enroll, including an automated enrollment option called “express lane eligibility.”

Key Results

The project team published and disseminated the April 2009 report, Express Lane Eligibility and Beyond: How Automated Enrollment Can Help Eligible Children Receive Medicaid and CHIP. In the weeks after its release, a Google search found 1,390 Web pages that referred to the paper.