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February 2, 2009 Childrens Health Coverage Terri Shaw Deputy Director The Childrens Partnership Briefing Co-Sponsored by Alliance for Health Reform & Kaiser.

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1 February 2, 2009 Childrens Health Coverage Terri Shaw Deputy Director The Childrens Partnership Briefing Co-Sponsored by Alliance for Health Reform & Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured

2 Overview Importance of Medicaid and SCHIP Challenges to Enrollment and Retention Innovative Solutions Enrollment and Retention Access and Quality Policy Implications SCHIP Reauthorization Economic Recovery

3 Importance of Medicaid & SCHIP Coverage for 35 million children; millions more eligible Impacts for children Health access, quality, outcomes School attendance and performance Impacts for states Source of federal funding Direct and indirect economic impacts

4 Carefully target assistance Avoid crowd-out Ensure program integrity Contain costs Enrollment and Retention: Policy Goals

5 Enrollment and Retention: Practical Impacts Complex rules Gaps in coverage Burdensome requirements for families Administrative inefficiencies Bias against enrollment

6 Enrollment and Retention: Innovative Solutions Express Lane Eligibility Administrative simplifications Technology tools

7 Access and Quality: Innovative Solutions Better use of information Screening, assessment, and referral Coordination Program evaluation and improvement Increasing connections and tools for families Telehealth

8 Policy Implications: SCHIP Reauthorization Coverage and financing New options for enrollment and retention Quality measures Health information technology

9 Policy Implications: Economic Recovery Medicaid funding Health information technology

10 Contact Terri Shaw (510)


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