Texas Bolsters Child Health Insurance Program

Healthy Kids Replication Program

From 1997 to 2000, the Texas Healthy Kids Corporation worked to bolster the operation of its children's health insurance program, Texas Healthy Kids.

The nonprofit Texas Healthy Kids Corporation (THKC) was created by an act of the Texas Legislature in 1997 as a public/private partnership to contract with licensed commercial insurance carriers to provide preventive and primary health care benefits to the more than 1.3 million uninsured children in Texas.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Healthy Kids Replication Program national program.

Key Results

  • During the grant period, Texas Healthy Kids:

    • Established statewide and local relationships with customers and partners, and conducted education and outreach activities.
    • Created an outreach partnership database and used it to manage partnerships.
    • Developed and distributed an educational brochure and sponsored speaking events to implement services to families ordered by the court to provide health care for their children.
    • Planned, designed and developed an evaluation program.
    • Conducted five surveys on trends in applications and enrollment, which revealed a high level of satisfaction with Texas Healthy Kids.
    • CHIP data show the following:
      • During fiscal year 1999, Texas enrolled 50,878 children in its CHIP and its expanded Medicaid program.
      • In fiscal year 2000, Texas enrolled 130,519 children in its CHIP and its expanded Medicaid program.
      • During fiscal year 2001, Texas enrolled 500,950 children in its CHIP and its expanded Medicaid program.