Georgetown Center for Children and Families

The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) is an independent, nonpartisan policy and research center whose mission is to expand and improve health coverage for America's children and families. The Center’s work includes conducting policy analysis and research, developing strategies, recommending solutions, and providing a forum for advocates and stakeholders to share information and develop policy solutions. See below for more information about recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • CCF Publishes Brief on Renewing Coverage in the FFM

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families published an issue brief that outlines the Federally Facilitated Marketplace’s renewal process. The brief notes that although most consumers can be auto-renewed in the same QHP without taking action, current enrollees are strongly encouraged to update their financial assistance eligibility information and review available QHPs during the 2015 Open Enrollment Period.

  • KidsWell Partners Submit Comments on Arkansas Private Option

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    CCF, NHeLP: KidsWell partners, the Georgetown Center on Children and Families (CCF) and the National Health Law Program, joined 13 other national and state organizations in submitting comments to CMS regarding the Arkansas Medicaid 1115 Waiver, the “Private Option.” The comments expressed concern about the impact  premiums and co-payments will have on consumers and urged  CMS to deny the request to waive the non-emergency transportation benefit. CCF also blogged about the comments.

  • CCF to Host State Partner Call

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families will host a state partner call on October 21st. The call will include a discussion of the findings from the federally mandated evaluation of CHIP. 

  • KidsWell Partners Featured in USA Today

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    CCF, CA, FL, TX: Four KidsWell partners were featured in a USA Today article exploring states that expanded Medicaid coverage for children but did not expand coverage for adults. Quoted in the article are Joan Alker, executive director for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, Kelly Hardy, senior director of health policy for Children Now, Greg Mellowe, policy director for Florida CHAIN, and Anne Dunkelberg, associate director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

  • CCF Studies ACA’s Impact on Children’s Health Coverage

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families and the Urban Institute released a study that found the ACA did not have a statistically significant impact on the national rate of uninsured children, but children’s uninsured rates remain at historical lows. The study also found that a majority of uninsured children appear to be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but are not enrolled, and uninsured children are more likely to have access issues and unmet health needs.

  • CCF to Host Webinar on Coverage Rates for Children and Families

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) will host a webinar on September 9th on how parents and children have been impacted by health reform. The webinar will focus on the reports from CCF and the Urban Institute on coverage rates, which are scheduled to be released on the same day. Registration is available now.

  • CCF Hosts State Partner Call

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) hosted a state partner call to discuss Medicaid and CHIP renewals and CHIP funding extensions. Anne Marie Costello, deputy director for policy for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS), and Jen Ryan, director of the Intergovernmental and External Affairs Group for CMCS, discussed how CMS is working to streamline Medicaid and CHIP renewals. During the call Elisabeth Burak, senior program director for CCF, reviewed House and Senate bills that would extend CHIP funding.

  • CCF Publishes Report on Medicaid and Childhood Outcomes

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a report on Medicaid’s role in improving early childhood outcomes. The report describes Medicaid and CHIP’s roles in providing coverage for 45% of children under age six and 35% of children between the ages of six and 18, noting that children from low-income families are at higher risk for ill health. The report also points out that Medicaid coverage for children is cost-effective – while children make up nearly 48% of all Medicaid enrollees, they only account for 19% of Medicaid expenditures.

  • CCF & NHeLP To Host State Partner Call on Pregnant Women Coverage

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    CCF & NHeLP:  The Georgetown Center for Children and Families, the National Health Law Program, and the National Women’s Law Center will co-host a State Partner call on June 17, 2014 to discuss coverage for pregnant women under the ACA.
  • Tricia Brooks of CCF Publishes Health Affairs Article on 2015 Open Enrollment

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    CCF: Tricia Brooks, a senior fellow for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, published an article in Health Affairs highlighting lessons learned in the initial open enrollment period (OEP) and key issues that should be addressed in advance of the 2015 OEP which begins this November.  These issues include improving: systems functionality; coordination across Insurance Affordability Programs; renewal and reconciliation processes; outreach; consumer assistance capacity; training for Navigators and other assisters; call centers; and planning for future needs.
  • By the Numbers! TCP Blogs about California’s Eligibility and Enrollment Data Reporting

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    CA: Kristen Golden Testa, director for The Children’s Partnership, wrote a guest blog for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ Say Ahhh! blog about California’s data reporting on Medi-Cal and marketplace eligibility and enrollment.  KidsWell CA advocates are also providing input to state agencies on additional data elements for future reporting.  
  • CCF Releases Report Spotlighting Dismantling CHIP in Arizona

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    CCF:  The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a report on dismantling CHIP in Arizona. Arizona is the only state to phase out CHIP and the report highlights the impact on children’s access to affordable coverage.   
  • CCF To Host May State Partner Call on Network Adequacy

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    CCF & NHeLP: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families will host a State Partner call on May 20, 2014 to discuss network adequacy rules across Medicaid, CHIP and marketplaces.  The National Health Law Program will serve as a subject matter expert during the webinar.   
  • NASHP & CCF Release CHIP Report

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    NASHP & CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children & Families and the National Academy for State Health Policy published a report on CHIP.  The report highlights CHIP benefits, limitations, and premium and cost sharing provisions. 

  • CCF Published Policy Brief on Medicaid and CHIP Renewals

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) published a policy brief about Medicaid and CHIP renewals for MAGI populations.  The brief highlights: federal renewal requirements; required coordination between Insurance Affordability Programs; potential state challenges during the first year of implementation and implementation options.  The issue brief also highlights the requirement that children with Medicaid who are found ineligible at renewal may receive CHIP coverage for one year.  On April 22, 2014, CCF hosted a state partner call on renewals and highlighted Washington State’s experience. 

  • CCF To Host Call on Medicaid and CHIP Renewals

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families will host a State Partner call on April 22, 2014 to discuss Medicaid and CHIP renewals.  The call will review the required administrative renewal processes and discuss the requirement that children who lose Medicaid eligibility at renewal as a result of the MAGI conversion receive a one-year coverage extension.
  • Register Now for CCF’s Annual Conference!

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ Annual Conference will be held June 24-26, 2014 in the Washington, D.C. area.  The tentative conference agenda and registration form are available now. 

  • MomsRising, First Focus and CCF Tweet About Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment

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    MomsRising, First Focus, CCF:  MomsRising, First Focus, and the Georgetown Center for Children & Families, along with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics and California Children’s Health Coverage Coalition, co-hosted a #WellnessWed tweet chat to promote continued Medicaid and CHIP enrollment.
  • Save the Date for CCF’s Annual Conference!

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    CCF: Save the date for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ Annual Conference! The conference will be held June 24-26, 2014 in the Washington, D.C. area.  More details will be forthcoming.

  • CCF Tackles Medicaid Expansion at Florida Briefing

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    CCF: Joan Alker, executive director for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), presented at a Medicaid expansion briefing in Tallahassee sponsored by the Florida Philanthropic Network.  Alker highlighted the implications of Florida’s decision not to expand Medicaid including the loss of at least $7 million per day in federal funds. 

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