Seven Steps Toward State Success in Covering Children Continuously

In March 2006, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) convened a small invitational symposium on child health coverage, Continuously Covering all Kids: State Action and Ideas for the Future. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supported the symposium.

A select group of state and national public and private sector experts were invited to review progress and to generate ideas for further achievements in covering all children and youth continuously. The ideas and perspectives in the conversation included those of state health agencies, foundations, managed care organizations, research groups, and the federal government.

This brief summarizes key suggestions which emerged during the symposium discussion about lessons learned over the past decade of state efforts to increase rates of child health coverage.