New Reports Show Aggressive Efforts by States To Expand Coverage, but Indicate Economy and New Rules May Compromise Progress

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, January 28, 2008

From press release:
New reports released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) describe aggressive efforts by states in the past year and a half to expand coverage to low-income children and their families, but the actions may be curtailed as a deteriorating economic climate and new limits on federal assistance take effect.

A downturn in the economy, the federal failure to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and new federal rules affecting Medicaid and SCHIP eligibility all suggest that the recent period of aggressive expansion of coverage by states may be over. This is the conclusion based on a series of new studies by the KCMU, including a 50-state survey of eligibility and enrollment rules in Medicaid and SCHIP for children and families, interviews with Medicaid directors in ten states representing all regions of the country, and recent studies of enrollment in Medicaid and SCHIP.

Health Coverage for Children and Families in Medicaid and SCHIP: State Efforts Face New Hurdles
Current Issues in Medicaid: A Mid-FY2008 Update Based on a Discussion with Leading Medicaid Directors
SCHIP Enrollment in June 2007: An Update on Current Enrollment and SCHIP Policy Directions
Medicaid Enrollment in 50 States: December 2006 Update
State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP): Reauthorization History

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