What Proven Strategies Help Maximize Enrollment in Public Health Insurance Programs?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will make insurance coverage available to an estimated 30 million additional people, largely through expansions in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The success of these expansions will hinge on whether states are successful in enrolling all the newly eligible people. In the past, states have struggled to enroll everyone eligible for government health insurance. As of February 2009, nearly two-thirds of the uninsured children in the United States were eligible for Medicaid or SCHIP but were not enrolled.

States will play a vital role in the success of federal health reform by enrolling residents in public health insurance programs.

This Health Policy Snapshot, published online in April 2011, examines the ways states can better enroll eligible individuals into public programs.

Read more from RWJF's Health Policy Snapshot series.