Keeping Children Covered: Two Reports Look at Medicaid's Fiscal Integrity and Seven Steps for Continuous Coverage

Convening and research to consider how Medicaid and SCHIP could be used to provide health coverage for more Americans

From 2004 to 2007, the National Academy for State Health Policy conducted an examination of financial and coverage issues related to the major public programs providing health coverage to low-income children and families. The project focused on Medicaid's fiscal integrity and steps to ensure continuous coverage for children.

Key Results: Project staff produced two reports:

  • Moving Beyond the Tug of War: Improving Medicaid Fiscal Integrity examines fiscal integrity issues from both federal and state perspectives, offers a brief history of efforts to improve Medicaid's integrity and suggests key features of a better approach.
  • Seven Steps Toward State Success in Covering Children Continuously summarizes key suggestions about lessons learned over the past decade of state efforts to increase rates of children's health coverage, such as keeping enrollment and renewal procedures simple and using technology to coordinate programs and reduce administrative burdens.

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