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!

  • Advocates Say No to Waiting Periods! First Focus, CCF and California Grantees Sent Comments to HHS on CHIP Waiting Periods in the Proposed Rule

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    First Focus, CCF & CA: First Focus, CCF, and The Children’s Partnership, in collaboration with various other organizations, submitted comments to HHS on the CHIP waiting period provision included in the Medicaid and CHIP proposed rule.

     

  • Fix that Family Glitch! First Focus and CCF Were Quoted in Politico on the Family Glitch in the IRS' Minimum Essential Rule

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    First Focus & CCF: First Focus and the Georgetown Center for Children and Families were quoted in Politico regarding IRS’ Minimal Essential Coverage final rule, the "family glitch", and the importance of preserving CHIP.
  • Webinar Alert! GeorgetownCCF Hosted Calls About Employers' Obligations to Offer Coverage and Proposed Medicaid and Exchange Regulations

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) held a state-partner webinar on January 15th discussing effects on kids and families in the proposed federal rules on employer’s obligation to offer coverage. The webinar also provided an update on state-based Exchanges that received conditional approval for their blueprints and new guidance released by CMS on State Partnership Exchanges.  On February 4th, CCF hosted a state partner call with CMS on Medicaid and Exchange proposed regulations released on January 22nd covering:  structure and options around Medicaid, CHIP and Exchange eligibility notices and appeals; benefits and cost-sharing; streamlining eligibility categories; and standards for certifying application counselors.  In addition, CCF's Say Ahhh! Blog published a post regarding the IRS’s Minimum Essential Coverage final rule. The blog stated that due to the rule including a “family penalty”, hundreds of thousands of children will not be able to access subsides for private health insurance. Jocelyn A. Guyer, Executive Director of CCF, was also quoted in the New York Times stating that the rule “is bad news for Kids”.
  • Get Out Your Calculators, GeorgetownCCF Released New 50-State Data on Eligibility and Enrollment and Info on MAGI Conversation to Help Calculate Family Income

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid released its annual 50 State survey report that reviewed states’ progress in streamlining eligibility and enrollment policies and improving Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and enrollment systems. Jocelyn Guyer, Deputy Executive Director at CCF, published a post on the Say Ahhh! Blog providing information on HHS’s State Medicaid Director letter discussing conversions of net income standards to a Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) equivalent methodology. 
  • GeorgetownCCF's Saying the Fiscal Cliff Didn't Shift Medicaid, CHIP, and Other HCR Provisions!

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published posts (here and here) on the Say Ahhh! Blog highlighting Medicaid, CHIP and health care reform provisions that were not addressed in the fiscal cliff deal.
  • CCF Hosted a Webinar to Review Medicaid and CHIP Participation Rates

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families held a state-partner webinar on December 19th featuring Genevieve Kenney, of the Urban Institute, to review a report on Medicaid and CHIP participation rates among children and parents in 2008 and 2010.  In addition, CCF’s Say Ahhh! Blog published a post on Urban Institute’s report.
  • KidsWell Partners Issued Brief on Defining Essential Health Benefits for Children

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    CA: Mike Odeh, of Children Now, in collaboration with First Focus, Georgetown Center for Children and Families, The Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Hospital Association, and Family Voices, released an issue brief on defining Essential Health Benefits for children.
  • CCF Hosted Webinar to Review Proposed Federal Rules on Essential Health Benefits and Market Reforms

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center For Children and Families (CCF) held a state-partner webinar on December 18th to review aspects of the proposed federal rules on Essential Health Benefits and health insurance market reforms for children and families. The webinar also included CCF’s suggestions for drafting comments to HHS, which were due on December 26, 2012, and a review of the state-focused children’s coverage communication strategy. CCF also published a post on their Say Ahhh! Blog on their draft comments to the federal proposed rules on Essential Health Benefits and Market Reform.
  • KidsWell Florida and CCF Hosted a Webinar on State Health Care Reform and Implementation Efforts

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    FL: KidsWell Florida, in collaboration with The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), held a webinar on December 6th to provide an update on Florida's health care reform and implementation efforts. In addition, Florida CHAIN published a blog post highlighting how the Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida’s Medicaid Agency, did not meet the ACA transparency rules when submitting a 1115 waiver seeking changes to the Medically Needy Program.
  • CCF Blogged about the Differences Between In-Person Assisters and Navigators in State Exchanges

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families Say Ahhh! Blog published a post outlining the differences between in-person assisters and Navigators.
  • KidsWell Florida Partners Hosted a Webinar to Review Report on the ACA's Implications

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    FL: Florida KidsWell Grantees, in collaboration with the Georgetown Health Policy Institute, held a webinar to launch a report on the implications of the ACA’s Supreme Court decision on Florida’s Medicaid Program. The report was highlighted in a guest column in the Tampa Bay Times and the Georgetown Center for Children and Families Say Ahhh! Blog.
  • CCF Hosted a Webinar to Launch its Advocate's IT Toolkit

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    CCF: The Georgetown Centers for Children and Families hosted a webinar to launch an “Advocate’s IT Toolkit” that provided background information, key questions on systems’ functions and features, and strategies for advocates to use to ensure that IT systems meet consumer’s needs and promote streamlined simplified access to coverage.
  • KidsWell Florida and CCF Hosted a Webinar on Health Care Reform Implementation's Impact on Children

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    FL: KidsWell Florida, in collaboration with the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, will host a webinar on December 6th on health care reform implementation and the impact of these efforts on improving coverage for children in Florida.
  • CCF Blogged about What the Election Means for Health Care Reform Implementation

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families Say Ahhh! Blog published a number of posts (here, here & here) highlighting what the election means for health care reform implementation.
  • CCF Released Report on Children's Coverage Trends in the United States

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    CCF: The Center for Children and Families released a report on children’s coverage trends in the US. The report highlights decreases in uninsured children, finding that efforts to protect children’s eligibility levels in state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs resulted in a decrease in uninsured children from 6.4 million in 2009 to 5.5 million in 2011.
  • KidsWell National Partners Submitted a Letter to HHS Requesting Further Guidance and Clarification on the Role of Navigators, Agents and Brokers

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    CCF: The Center for Children and Families, in partnership with other national organizations, submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius requesting further guidance and clarification regarding the role of navigators, agents and brokers.
  • CCF Prepared Draft Comments to HHS in Response to the Interim Final Rule Restricting Coverage to Immigrant Young Adults

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    CCF: The Center for Children and Families prepared draft comments to HHS in response to the interim final rule restricting immigrant teenagers and young adults who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from receiving health insurance coverage under the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program (PCIP) of the ACA.
  • CCF Blogged About Family Coverage and the ACA's EHB Provision

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) published a blog post featuring a family who had lost employer coverage less than a week prior to expecting the birth of their first child. The blog notes that although COBRA was available to the family, the high-cost premiums to continue their coverage were difficult to meet and did not provide all the services the baby needed. CCF highlights that under the Essential Health Benefits provision in the ACA, insurers will be required to provide services to help families in similar situations
  • CCF Published a Brief Identifying Strategic Questions to Assist States in Development of their Navigator Programs

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    CCF: CCF published a brief, in collaboration with Enroll America, which identified strategic questions to assist states in the development of their Navigator programs, specifically around Navigator duties and competencies.
  • CCF Published an Issue Brief Reviewing Key Changes in the ACA to Children's Dental Benefits

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    CCF:  CCF published an issue brief, in collaboration with the Children’s Dental Health project, providing a review of the key changes the ACA makes to children’s dental benefits and the choices states must review to determine what dental benefits will be covered for children in the individual and small group insurance markets. 

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