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!

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  • CCF To Host Webinar on CHIP Funding

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    CCF: On January 16, The Georgetown Center on Children and Families will host a webinar with PerryUndem Research about the future of CHIP if funding expires. The call examined Arizona’s scaling back of its CHIP program beginning in 2010 and discussed if other states might follow suit should funding not be reauthorized. During the webinar, CCF will release a commissioned report by PerryUndem on the subject.
  • CCF to Host State Partner Call on Midterm Election Impact on 2015 Policy Agenda

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    CCF, First Focus: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families (CCF) will discuss the impact of the midterm elections on the 2015 policy agenda on a State Partner call November 18th. Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, and Edwin Park, vice president of health policy for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will join CCF’s executive director Joan Alker on the call.

  • CCF Releases Report on the State of Children’s Health Coverage

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families released a report focused on the state of children’s health coverage. The report found that in 2013, the uninsured rate for children did not significantly decline from the previous year for the first time in five years. The report suggests the future of children’s coverage will depend heavily on whether or not Congress renews funding for CHIP.

  • 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 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 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 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.

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