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 Updates Brief on Waiting Periods for Children

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families updated a policy brief on CHIP waiting periods for children who were previously insured. The brief found that 20 states eliminated their waiting periods and 7 states lowered their waiting periods to 90 days or less as a result of ACA-related regulations. The policy brief highlights the impact of waiting periods on health coverage, costs, and administrative efficiencies.   

  • KidsWell Partners Respond to MACPAC Request on Future of Children’s Health Coverage

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    CCF, CDF, First Focus, NHeLP, CA: 49 groups, including KidsWell Partners Children’s Defense Fund, The Children’s Partnership, First Focus, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, and the National Health Law Program, responded to a MACPAC request about how to improve Marketplace coverage for children. The letter advocates for the Commission to recognize the foundational role of Medicaid and CHIP and discusses: affordability of coverage; adequacy of covered benefits; network adequacy; and transitions between Medicaid, CHIP, Marketplaces, and employer sponsored insurance.

  • CCF Publishes Brief on Renewing Coverage in the FFM

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families published an issue brief that outlines the Federally Facilitated Marketplace’s renewal process. The brief notes that although most consumers can be auto-renewed in the same QHP without taking action, current enrollees are strongly encouraged to update their financial assistance eligibility information and review available QHPs during the 2015 Open Enrollment Period.

  • CCF & NHeLP To Host State Partner Call on Pregnant Women Coverage

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    CCF & NHeLP:  The Georgetown Center for Children and Families, the National Health Law Program, and the National Women’s Law Center will co-host a State Partner call on June 17, 2014 to discuss coverage for pregnant women under the ACA.
  • CCF Releases Report Spotlighting Dismantling CHIP in Arizona

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    CCF:  The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a report on dismantling CHIP in Arizona. Arizona is the only state to phase out CHIP and the report highlights the impact on children’s access to affordable coverage.   
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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. 
  • 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 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 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.

  • CCF and Mississippi Center for Justice Issued Comments on HHS' 2011 Essential Health Benefit Bulletin

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    The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) drafted model comments for state and national advocates to work from as they respond to HHS’ December 2011 EHB bulletin. The comments stress the importance of: (1) ensuring children’s needs are taken into account; (2) defining medical necessity to assure children can access EHBs meaningfully and consistently; (3) limiting insurer flexibility; and (4) assuring a transparent process of benchmark selection and updating. The Mississippi Center for Justice based their comments on CCF’s model.

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