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 Submitted Comments to CMS on Proposed Data Elements for a Single Streamlined Application

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    CCF: CCF also submitted comments to CMS on the proposed data elements for the single streamlined application. CCF recommends that a number of general principles be incorporated as the application is developed and that all program materials and various modes of application are consumer-tested.
  • CCF Published a Blog Post Highlighting the Release of its Paper on the Positive Effects Medicaid Expansion will have on Parents and Children

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    CCF: CCF published a post on its Say Ahhh! Blog highlighting the re-release of CCF’s paper on how expanding Medicaid for parents will help children.
  • CCF Posted an Analysis on the Census Bureau’s Population Survey Highlighting the Declining Number of Uninsured

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) posted analysis on the annual Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey showing the rate of uninsured individuals declining by 1.4 million for the first time since 2007.
  • CCF Released Guidance on Messaging to Support Medicaid Expansion

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    CCF: CCF released guidance to help states and advocates develop messaging supporting the Medicaid expansion.
  • CCF Released a Child’s Health Advocate Guide to Essential Health Benefits

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    CCF: CCF released a child’s health advocate guide to Essential Health Benefits (EHBs).
  • CCF Published an Article about a Family Benefiting from the Medicaid Program and an Issue Brief on What the ACA Means for Immigrant’s Children and Families

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) helped publish an article about a Pennsylvania family with a 2-year-old child who has serious health issues and is currently benefiting from the state’s Medicaid program. CCF also issued a brief highlighting the benefits, considerations and challenges of the ACA for immigrant’s children and families.
  • CCF Held National Conference for Education on ACA

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) successfully held its national conference, Charting the Way: Progress and Priorities for Child and Family Coverage, for KidsWell and Finish Line Grantees.  The conference included panels of State and Federal representatives and offered a variety of roundtables and breakout sessions on topics related to the ACA.

  • CCF Blog Post Highlighted Medicaid Expansion Benefits

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    CCF: CCF published blog posts highlighting the benefits of the Medicaid expansion for states and the uninsured, messaging and strategies encouraging enrollment in Medicaid and the Exchange, and further clarification on the Supreme Court's ruling of the ACA.

  • CCF Hosted National Conference in Arlington

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    The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) will hold its annual conference for KidsWell and Finish Line grantees, Charting the Way: Progress and Priorities for Child and Family Coverage, on July 17-19, 2012 in Arlington, VA. Topics covered during the conference include: (1) upcoming Medicaid changes in 2014: moving to family coverage, the Supreme Court decision, and the ACA/upcoming elections; (2) children's benefits; (3) the role of navigators; (4) Medicaid waivers/managed care; (5) using video advocacy in your work; (6) affordable insurance exchanges; (7) Essential Health Benefits (EHB)/child-only plans; and (8) story banks. In addition, special guests include: (1) Cindy Mann, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey and Certification, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; (2) Judy Feder, Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University and Institute Fellow, The Urban Institute; (3) Chris Jennings, President, Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc.; (4) Jane Perkins, Legal Director, National Health Law Program (NHeLP); and (5) Jenny Kenny, Senior Fellow and Economist, Urban Institute. More information is available here.
  • CCF Issued Comments on the Federally-Facilitated Exchange Guidance

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    The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) developed a template of child-specific comments to help organizations draft their comments to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance (CCIIO) on the Federally-facilitated Exchange (FFE) guidance released on May 16, 2012. The template includes specific comments on the following subsections: (1) plan management in a FFE; (2) eligibility for insurance affordability programs and enrollment in the individual market; and (3) stakeholder input. Comments are due to CCIIO by June 18, 2012.
  • CCF Celebrated SCOTUS Ruling

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    CCF released a statement on it’s Say Ahhh! Children’s Health Policy blog celebrating the affirmed constitutionality of the law, but highlighting that the ruling on the Medicaid expansion provision is a concern. They remind individuals that this is time to enhance efforts to ensure that the law is put into full effect.
  • CCF Held Annual Conference to Discuss Health Reform Topics in Arlington

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    The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) will hold its annual conference for KidsWell and Finish Line grantees, Charting the Way: Progress and Priorities for Child and Family Coverage, on July 17-19, 2012 in Arlington, VA. Topics covered during the conference include: (1) upcoming Medicaid changes in 2014: moving to family coverage, the Supreme Court decision, and the ACA/upcoming elections; (2) children's benefits; (3) the role of navigators; (4) Medicaid waivers/managed care; (5) using video advocacy in your work; (6) affordable insurance exchanges; (7) Essential Health Benefits (EHB)/child-only plans; and (8) story banks.

    In addition, special guests include: (1) Cindy Mann, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey and Certification, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; (2) Judy Feder, Professory of Public Policy, Georgetown University and Institute Fellow, The Urban Institute; (3) Chris Jennings, President, Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc.; (4) Jane Perkins, Legal Director, National Health Law Program (NHeLP); and (5) Jenny Kenny, Senior Fellow and Economist, Urban Institute. Registration is requested and is available here.

  • National KidsWell Partners Hosted Meeting on Medicaid Mental Health Services for Children

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    First Focus, Georgetown Center for Children and Families, and other organizations, hosted the third meeting in a four-part series, focusing on how federal policy affects Medicaid and children’s health. This session focused on improving Medicaid mental health services for children, including programs that reduce the over-prescription of anti-psychotics and improve continuity of care for children in foster care systems. The session was moderated by Brooke Lehmann, MSW, Esq. of Child Works, LLC and featured four panelists:

    • Jane Meschan Foy, MD FAAP, Chair, Task Force on Mental Health,  American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Robert Hilt, MD, Child Psychiatrist , Director of Partnership Access Line Consult Services, Seattle Children’s Hospital
    • Beth Morrow, Director, Health IT Initiatives, The Children’s Partnership
    • Steve Tuck, CEO, Children’s Home Society of West Virginia

    Materials from earlier sessions are available online and the fourth and final session, Reducing the Red Tape, will be held on June 27th.

  • CCF Held Annual Conference in Arlington

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    The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) will hold its annual conference, Charting the Way: Progress and Priorities for Child and Family Coverage, on July 17-19, 2012 in Arlington, VA. Topics covered during the conference include: (1) upcoming Medicaid changes in 2014: moving to family coverage, the Supreme Court decision, and the ACA/upcoming elections; (2) children's benefits; (3) the role of navigators; (4) medicaid waivers/managed care; (5) using video advocacy in your work; (6) affordable insurance exchanges; (7) Essential Health Benefits (EHB)/child-only plans; and (8) story banks. In addition, special guests at the conference will include: (1) Cindy Mann, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey and Certification, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; (2) Judy Feder, Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University and Institute Fellow, The Urban Institute; (3) Chris Jennings, President, Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc.; (4) Jane Perkins, Legal Director, National Health Law Program (NHeLP); and (5) Jenny Kenny, Senior Fellow and Economist, Urban Institute. Registration is requested and is available here.
  • CCF Funded North Carolina Justice Center Video Advocacy Training Tour

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    The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) helped fund the North Carolina Justice Center's (NCJC) video advocacy training tour. The training tour traveled to Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico and Florida to share experiences in creating short advocacy video clips, tutorials on basic video and editing equipment, and held conversations with advocates in each state to discuss the benefits of videos as powerful outreach tools for children and families.
  • CCF Blogged about SCOTUS Oral Arguments on ACA

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    The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) Say Ahh! Blog published a post reflecting on the Supreme Court Oral Arguments that takes a “Keep Calm and Carry On” approach. The post outlines possible outcomes, noting that most will maintain all or some parts of the law, ultimately providing “new paths” to coverage for many Americans.
  • CCF Released Fact Sheet on the ACA's Impact on Children's Access to Preventive Care

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    CCF released a fact sheet providing state specific data on how the ACA has successfully protected and improved children’s access to preventive care in private coverage, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CCF also devoted its Say Ahh! blog to a week’s worth of discussions highlighting the ACA Anniversary and focusing on how children and families have benefited from the law.
  • CCF Released Report on Changes in State Medicaid Spending

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    Georgetown Centers for Children and Families (CCF) released a report examining the decline in state revenues and changes in Medicaid spending to highlight what has been driving state budget deficits and affecting children and families' access to care. The report indicates that while state Medicaid enrollment continues to increase due to the current recession, the federal government is covering the majority of these costs and state Medicaid spending has declined.
  • KidsWell National and California Partners Advocated Against California's Medicaid 1115 Waiver Request

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    In a guest entry on the Center for Children and Families' (CCF) Say Ahhh! Blog, Michael Odeh of Children Now acknowledges California and National children’s groups’ success in collaborating on a letter of concern to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding California’s Department of Health Care Services Medicaid 1115 Waiver and state plan amendment requests. These requests included first-time-ever mandatory co-payments for children and other Medicaid enrollees, provisions passed as part of the 2011 state budget. In addition, the burden of collecting co-payments would fall to the Medicaid providers, which the letter notes would force providers to decide whether they should refuse patients for non-payments or provide services at a lower reimbursement rate. CMS denied the proposed changes, stating they were “unable to identify the legal and policy support” of the requests.
  • CCF Published Report on CHIPRA's Positive Impact on States

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    The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) published a report, CHIPRA at Work Three Years Later: Shaping State Actions and Connecting Children to Coverage, on how CHIPRA has provided states with additional tools and resources to maintain and improve children’s access to health care. The report notes that while child poverty rates have increased dramatically in recent years, the number of uninsured children has decreased by one million. The Affordable Care Act has played an important role in contributing to the decrease in  uninsured by requiring states to maintain Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and enrollment procedures. CCF also ran an accompanying post on its Say Ahhh! blog.

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