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!

  • KidsWell Florida and CCF Will Hold Webinar on Consumer Assistance and the Exchange

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    FL & CCF: On July 19, KidsWell Florida and Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) will hold an educational webinar on helping Floridians enroll in coverage through the Exchange. The webinar provided information on who is eligible to receive coverage from the Exchange, who can help individuals enroll in coverage, and the roles of navigators and certified application counselors. Presenters included, Tricia Brooks, Senior Fellow of CCF, Laura Goodhue, Executive Director of Florida CHAIN, and Greg Mellowe, Policy Director of Florida Chain.
  • NLC Announced Awardees for Leadership Academies on Expanding Coverage for Children and Families

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    NLC: On June 10th the National Leagues of Cities announced 22 cities were selected to participate in the regional leadership academies geared toward the development of outreach campaigns to connect children and families to coverage. Among the selected participants are nine cities from five of the KidsWell states – California, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, and Texas. The leadership academies will be held on July 25-26 in Denver, Colorado and September 17-18 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Georgetown Center for Children and Families also published a post about the announcement on its Say Ahhh! Blog.
  • CCF Published Blog on Navigator and Assister Training

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ (CCF) say Ahhh Blog! published a post outlining recommendations for implementing a successful and effective training program for Navigators and Assisters in Exchanges. Recommendations included: selecting navigators and assisters with the core competencies outlined in federal regulations; establishing a tiered assistance model; training navigators and assisters on state Medicaid and CHIP enrollment requirements and ensuring training is an ongoing and interactive process; assembling a support team of IT, eligibility, and enrollment specialists; and develop a training program that “thinks long term” to enhance retention.
  • Tech Tuesday! CCF Released Blog Series on Eligibility and Enrollment Systems

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ Say Ahhh! Blog published a new blog series – Tech Tuesday – focusing on how technology can transform Medicaid andCHIP eligibility and enrollment systems. The series will be used as an educational forum on how eligibility and enrollment systems, with entries planned to address state verification plans and data sources, the federal data services hub, and the top consumer issues in new eligibility systems.  The blog will serve as a resource for health policy stakeholders and advocates looking to understand how the new eligibility and enrollment systems will work in their states and be affected by Exchanges and Medicaid Expansion. Guest bloggers are also invited to share their experiences during the series.
  • KidsWell NY, CA, & CCF Held Webinar on ACA Extension of Medicaid Coverage for Foster Care Kids

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    NY, CA, & CCF : KidsWell New York and KidsWell California, in collaboration with the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), held a state partner webinar to provide an overview of the ACA provision that will extend Medicaid coverage to foster children up to 26 years of age. In addition, the webinar discussed how to develop messaging and outreach strategies for state advocates and agencies to help enroll foster children into coverage. The webinar featured Tricia Brooks of CCF, Brooke Lehamn of Childworks, Bridget Walsh of Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA), and Leigh Cobbs of Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY). Additionally, Children Now released a one-pager outlining the current statues in place limiting Medicaid coverage to California foster children and potential solutions. 
  • CCF Released Comments to Navigator Proposed Rule

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families submitted comments on HHS’s proposed rule on standards for navigators and assisters in Health Insurance Exchanges. As part of their comments, CCF provided examples of the number of individuals in states that are expected to use these assistance programs and the amount of funding needed to ensure that individuals receive the assistance they need. CCF argues that available consumer assistance funding for states planning to use only the federal navigator grant will be “strikingly inadequate” and recommends that HHS identify additional resources to fund these programs, especially in the Exchanges’ first year of operation.  In addition, Tricia Brooks of CCF published the last post in the Say Ahhh! Navigator blog series highlighting the importance of determining the correct amount of Navigators needed in small and large states

  • CCF Praised HHS for New Model Applications for Health Care Coverage

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) praised the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the new model applications for individuals and families to apply for health care coverage on their Say Ahhh! blog. CCF wrote that “the new models represent a major step forward – they are much shorter, crisper and easier to fill out than the draft versions that were released in January of this year.”
  • CCF Thanked FL Advocates Despite Legislature's Failure to Pass Medicaid Expansion

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) published a post on their Say Ahhh! blog thanking Florida advocates for their efforts even though the legislature did not approve Medicaid expansion during its 2013 session. CCF wrote that “It’s important to remember that in Florida, and in any state for that matter, the door is not closed as the federal funding is still available to tap should policymakers have a change of heart. In Florida, there was a strong effort to move forward on Medicaid and it will continue.” CCF also highlighted the impact of this inaction on the 1 million uninsured Floridians who stood to gain coverage under expansion.
  • NAM Interviewed CCF on How ACA will affect Access to Pediatric Dental Benefits

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    NAM: New America Media (NAM) interviewed Joe Touschner, Senior Health Policy Analyst at the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, about how the ACA will affect children and families’ access to pediatric dental benefits. Mr. Touschner discussed how the ACA made pediatric dental services part of the Essential Health Benefits that must be covered by individual and small group plans and that families without pediatric dental coverage may access stand-alone dental plans through the Exchanges. Additionally, Mr. Touschner spoke to concerns around maintaining access to pediatric benefits for California children being transferred from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal.
  • CCF Reviews National Survey Results Supporting Medicaid Expansion

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families, in partnership with the National Women’s Law Center, released a national survey that found 62% of Americans want their state to utilize federal funding and expand their Medicaid programs.  The survey also found that 70% of Americans are concerned about the “coverage gap” that will result in states that do not elect to expand Medicaid.
  • Webinar Alert! CCF Held State Partner Call on Pediatric Dental in EHBs

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    CCF: On April 16th, the Georgetown Center for Children and Families held a webinar in collaboration with the Children’s Dental Health Project featuring representatives from CCIIO and focusing on pediatric dental services in Essential Health Benefits. The topics reviewed included: requirements to purchase dental coverage; cost-sharing limits and other affordability assistance; educating families on available choices; and state flexibility in offering dental coverage.  Background on pediatric dental benefits under the ACA can be found in CCF’s brief – Pediatric Dental Benefits Under the ACA: Issues for State Advocates to Consider – released in August 2012.
  • CCF Reviews Federal Proposed Rules on Navigators and In-person Assisters

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    CCF: Tricia Brooks of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), published a blog post in CCF’s Say Ahhh! Blog reviewing the navigator and in-person assister proposed rules that were released by HHS.
  • CCF Discusses Premium Assistance Option for Medicaid Expansion

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    CCF: Joan Alker, of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), published a blog post on CCF’s Say Ahhh! Blog regarding CMS’s recently released Q&A on how states can pursue a premium assistance model as an alternative approach to Medicaid Expansion.  According to Ms. Alker, the Q&A’s main message was that if states want to require Medicaid beneficiaries to access Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) in the Exchange, states will need a Section 1115 waiver and provide beneficiaries with a choice of at least two QHPs.
  • Can Exchanges Work for Kids? First Focus, CCF and CDF Explain it All!

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    First Focus, CCF, and CDF: First Focus, The Georgetown Center for Children and Families and The Children’s Defense Fund released a resource to help advocates educate state officials on how Exchanges can benefit children. The resource reviews seven key components that should be considered for State-based Exchanges, State-partnership Exchanges, and the Federally-facilitated Exchange. The key components reviewed included effective consumer assistance, comprehensive child-specific Essential Health Benefits, transparent Exchange planning and operations, and seamless coverage and care through strong coordination with Medicaid and CHIP.
  • CCF Reported on Key Provisions of the ACA

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    CCF: Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and Community Catalyst released a report reviewing key provisions of the ACA that will improve the health and well-being of U.S. foster care children and youth. 

  • CCF Released Fact Sheet on Benefits of Medicaid Coverage for Children and Adults

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families blogged about a new  fact sheet indicating that Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries have comparable access to care as individuals with private coverage, and significantly better access to care than individuals who are uninsured.

  • State Partner Call Alert! CCF Held Call to Discuss Medicaid and CHIP Premium Assistance and Consumer Assistance

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families held a state partner call to review CCF’s new report – Premium Assistance in Medicaid and CHIP: An Overview of Current Options and Implications of the Affordable Care Act. In addition, the call also featured a discussion on current issues in consumer assistance.
  • Trying to Navigate through Navigator Bills? Check out CCF's Blog Post!

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    The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) published a post in their Say Ahhh! Blog discussing legislative activity around Navigators and questions the number of proposed bills that attempt to restrict consumer access to needed assistance. 
  • Get the Scoop! CCF Published Blog Posts on Options for Coverage

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) published a post in their Say Ahhh! Blog on possible Medicaid or CHIP premium assistance options for children and adults enrolled in the Exchange. 
  • CCF Submits Comments to HHS on Medicaid/CHIP/Exchange Proposed Rule and Explains the Essential Health Benefit Final Rule

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a blog post on their Say Ahhh! Blog providing a breakdown of their comments submitted to HHS’s Medicaid, CHIP and Exchange proposed rule released on January 22nd.  CCF’s comments included: developing a contingency plan for states who are not ready by October 1st; eliminating CHIP waiting periods; retaining and improving the certified application counselors program instead of developing a new program; ensuring that newborns of women covered by Medicaid and CHIP are automatically enrolled for coverage; providing former foster care children with coverage up to age 26; strengthening proposed simplifications to paper-based documentation of citizenship; adopting a more inclusive definition of "lawfully present"; and clarifying that the cost-effectiveness test for premium assistance includes the cost of cost-sharing protections. In addition CCF also submitted comments to HHS on the proposed Single Streamlined Application models and published a blog post providing an overview of the Essential Health Benefits Final Rule.

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