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 Releases Fact Sheet on Florida’s Decision Not to Expand Medicaid

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) released a fact sheet highlighting the implications of Florida’s decision not to expand Medicaid and key issues for policymakers and stakeholders.  The research illustrates that without expansion only 37% of uninsured Floridians will have a path to coverage as compared to 68% with expansion.  In addition, Florida is losing out on almost $7 million per day by not accepting enhanced federal Medicaid dollars.

  • CCF To Host Webinar on Health Care for Immigrant Families

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) will host a webinar on immigrant eligibility for and enrollment in health coverage on February 20, 2014.  The webinar will examine ACA provisions that affect immigrants’ eligibility and barriers they may face, particularly among mixed-status families.  Registration is available now. 

  • KidsWell Grantees Release Issue Brief on Pediatric Network Adequacy

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    KidsWell PartnersFirst Focus, Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), and the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) joined other national organizations to release an issue brief on ensuring adequate provider networks for children.  The brief, written by Children Now’s Michael Odeh, highlights the need for and development of robust pediatric provider networks.
  • CCF Co-Authored Issue Brief and Published Blog on Presumptive Eligibility Implementation

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    CCF:  Tricia Brooks, a senior fellow for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), co-authored an issue brief in Health Affairs analyzing hospital presumptive eligibility (PE) under the ACA.  The brief provides answers to questions under debate and outlines next steps for states implementing PE.  CCF published an accompanying blog post to highlight states’ critical PE decision points. The blog criticizes Florida for setting standards and training requirements that discourage hospitals from implementing presumptive eligibility, while lauding Virginia for setting more reasonable standards.   
  • KidsWell Grantees Submit Comments on Proposed Dental Benefit

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    KidsWell Partners: The Children’s Defense Fund, First Focus, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, and The Children’s Partnership joined other national advocacy organizations in submitting a letter to CMS in response to the proposed rule addressing the affordability of pediatric dental coverage under the ACA.  The letter supported CMS’ proposal to reduce the cost-sharing limit for stand-alone dental plans (SADPs) for 2015 and beyond, but voiced concern that families who purchase pediatric SADPs may still face affordability barriers.

  • CCF Announced Collaboration on ACA Monitoring Survey Focused on Children’s Health

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    CCF:  The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) announced plans to help fund and analyze a child supplement to the Health Reform Monitoring Survey, an internet-based survey designed to provide rapid-cycle feedback on the ACA.  The supplement will ask questions about children’s access, service use, and affordability. CCF plans to release an issue brief on children’s outcomes under the ACA in spring 2014.

  • CCF Blogged About Medicaid and Marketplace Enrollment and Preparedness

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    CCF: In December the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) blogged about: early CMS enrollment data for Medicaid/CHIP, finding that enrollment in both expansion and non-expansion states is off to a good start; the elimination of CHIP waiting periods in 16 states; 23 states’ CHIPRA performance bonuses; and lessons learned from the Medicare Part D roll out as Marketplaces opened for enrollment in October 2013.

  • CCF Published New Resources on Health Care Reform

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) published three new resources on health care reform:

  • CCF and Kaiser Family Foundation Published a Report on Medicaid Eligibility and Enrollment

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation, published a report on state Medicaid eligibility and enrollment policies that will go into effect on January 1, 2014. The 50 state analysis reviews states’ progress toward implementing: a single streamlined application model; an integrated technology system between Medicaid agencies and Marketplaces; and a new eligibility verification plan. The report also tracks the five federal enrollment strategies as states transition to new eligibility and enrollment processes.

  • CCF Published Report on Children’s Health Coverage

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Family (CCF) published a report analyzing data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to assess the national children’s health coverage landscape.  According to the report: the number of uninsured children in the U.S. continues to decline, but children are covered at higher rates than adults; 15 states have higher rates of uninsured children than the national average; children who reside in southern and western states are more likely to be uninsured; and children of Latino descent are disproportionately uninsured. 

  • CCF Blogged About Marketplace Enrollment

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    CCF: In November the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) blogged about: Marketplaces’ performance during the second month of open enrollment; early HHS enrollment data for the State-based, Partnership and Federally Facilitated Marketplaces and Medicaid, finding that enrollment is off to a good start; and the media’s misleading reports on Marketplaces.

  • CCF Released Resources on Enrollment in Medicaid Managed Care Plans

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) published resources on enrollment in Medicaid managed care plans in Florida, as well as the roll-out and implementation strategy.

  • CCF Blogged About How Individuals and States Are Doing Since Open Enrollment

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    CCF also focused its October blog on how individuals and states are fairing during Open Enrollment. CCF addressed the misnomer about policy cancellations, provided resources on premiums and tax credits, and addressed inaccurate ACA reporting. In one post, CCF brought its readers "back to basics," with a reminder of what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is all about
  • CCF Published a Blog Commenting on High Medicaid Enrollment

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) published a blog post in response to a Washington Post article highlighting Medicaid enrollment numbers are higher than enrollment in private plans through the Marketplaces. Joan Alker, CCF Executive Director, argues that “comparing Medicaid enrollment to Exchange enrollment at this point in time is not even close to an apples-to-apples comparison.” According to Alker, Medicaid enrollment has been accomplished through streamlined application strategies and because Medicaid beneficiaries, unlike those enrolling through a Marketplace, do not have to pay a premium.
  • Call to Action! First Focus and CCF Stands Up For Kids on Family Glitch Issue

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    First Focus & CCF: In response to USA Today’s article quoting First Focus President Bruce Lesley and Georgetown Center for Children and Families' (CCF) Executive Director Joan Alker on the “Family Glitch” issue. First Focus issued a call to action asking individuals to support the extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program by posting the following message on Twitter: “We can #InvestInKids by extending #CHIP | Family glitch in health law could leave up to 500k children uninsured: http://usat.ly/14A5fcY”.
  • CCF Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) released a statement on its Say Ahhh! Blog celebrating that thousands of people signed up for health care coverage through the Marketplaces on October 1st.  CCF highlighted that Kentucky had more than 24,000 people apply for coverage through its State-based Exchange - Healthcare Connection - and had 1,000 applications processed within the first hour.
  • CCF Comments on Florida's Second Highest Uninsured Rate in the Nation

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    CCF: Joan Alker, Executive Director of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), was quoted in the Associated Press on Florida having the second-highest uninsured rate in the nation.  Alker stated, “Florida continues to have one of the highest uninsured rates in the country, especially among those who would benefit most from the state expanding Medicaid. The data continues to pile up, the only question is whether legislators will do the right thing in the next session and accept the federal dollars or continue to play politics with the health and economic security of Floridians.”
  • CCF Published Post on New Rules Concerning Coverage Lock Outs for Nonpayment of Premiums

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) Say Ahhh! Blog published a post regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) new rules that will protect children from being locked out of coverage for more than 90 days due to nonpayment of premiums. Additionally, the new rules eliminate states’ abilities to require the repayment of outstanding premiums as a condition for re-enrollment.
  • National KidsWell Partners and U.S. News & World Report Hosted Live Twitter Chat!

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    First Focus & CCF: First Focus, the Urban Institute, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, and U.S. News & World Report hosted a live Twitter chat to discuss the benefits children and their families will receive under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Topics discussed included how the ACA will: benefit children; impact children with disabilities; impact the cost of care; and help families shop and select a health plan to fit their needs.
  • CCF Published Post on Final Medicaid, CHIP, and Exchange Rule, Highlighting Income Verification Requirement

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    CCF: Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) Say Ahhh! Blog published a post regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) final rule on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Exchanges. The blog notes that four of the eight priority issues identified in CCF’s comments on the proposed rule were addressed in the final rule. CCF was pleased to see HHS is working with states to identify alternative strategies if states are not ready to implement a single streamlined application by open enrollment on October 1st CCF also was glad that the final rule formalized a new certification application counselor program for Medicaid and CHIP, strengthened the cost-effective test, and reaffirmed that participation in premium assistance is voluntary. However, CCF noted that HHS missed an opportunity to eliminate CHIP waiting periods and hopes that HHS will release additional final regulations on this and other issues not addressed in the final rule, including: first year coverage for infants, coverage for former foster children up to age 26, simplification of paper based-documentation of citizenship verification, and a more comprehensive definition of “lawfully present.”

    CCF also published a blog post explaining the final rule’s income verification language  that was misinterpreted by the media. CCF confirmed that all Exchanges will be required to verify applicants’ reported income to confirm their eligibility for insurance affordability programs. However, if the applicant’s reported income is significantly lower than what is reported in their tax return and if no additional electronic sources of income data are available to confirm the reported amount, State-based Exchanges have the option in 2014 to accept the income level reported by the applicant. If the State-based Exchange elects to use this option it must implement random sampling of applicants to ensure that relying on applicant’s attested income is reliable.

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