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 Releases Report On Importance of Maintenance of Effort Protections

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a report outlining the importance of the ACA’s maintenance of effort (MOE) provision, which prohibits states from eliminating their CHIP program or reducing Medicaid and CHIP income eligibility thresholds to reduce the number of eligible individuals. The report comes in response to a Republican proposal to eliminate MOE as part of a CHIP funding extension and highlights the importance of federal protections like MOE in keeping children’s health coverage insulated from the budget process.

  • CCF Publishes Fact Sheet on Transition of Children from CHIP to Medicaid

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a fact sheet on children who moved from CHIP to Medicaid coverage after the ACA required that all states align the minimum threshold for Medicaid eligibility for all children under 18 to 138% of the federal poverty line. Previously, many states operated a “stairstep” eligibility structure, where young children under the age of 5 were usually enrolled in Medicaid while older children were enrolled in CHIP. Children’s transition from CHIP to Medicaid coverage resulted in the elimination of premiums for families in eight states, elimination of co-payments in 13 states, and increased access to services.

  • 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 Issue Alert About Healthcare.gov Incorrectly Calculating Household Income

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    CCF, NHeLP: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families, the National Health Law Program, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, issued an alert that Healthcare.gov has been incorrectly counting social security income for tax dependents. The brief notes that under federal rules, the social security income of children and other tax dependents only counts if the dependent is required to file a tax return, but that Healthcare.gov has been counting it even if the dependent is not required to file taxes.  

  • CCF Publishes Consumer Assisters FAQ

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a list of the most complicated and most frequently asked questions (FAQs) received while providing technical assistance to navigators and application assisters in five states during the 2015 Open Enrollment Period. The twelve question FAQ coalesced around four major topics: eligibility; tax filing; immigration status; and minimum essential coverage.

  • CCF Releases Annual 50-State Medicaid Survey

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families blogged about the release of their 2015 report on Medicaid and CHIP eligibility, enrollment, renewal, and cost-sharing policies. The report is released annually and surveys all 50 states to create a baseline for measuring ongoing progress and improvements. The report found that ACA implementation has broadened the coverage base for low-income populations and modernized enrollment experiences.
  • 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.

  • CDF-NY Blogs About Hispanic Children in New York for HCFANY

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    CCF, NY: Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra, director of health policy for Children’s Defense Fund-NY, blogged about Hispanic children in New York. The blog discusses findings from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ report on health coverage for Hispanics and the impact that a recent surge in unaccompanied immigrant minors might have on uninsured rates. The blog urges city and state officials to implement social service policies that are user-friendly for children and families, especially new immigrants.

  • CCF Publishes Policy Brief on Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Conflicts

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a policy brief on the enrollment conflicts facing states that are, or are considering, expanding their Medicaid programs. The brief discusses the issues that arise when those who are already enrolled in coverage through a State Based Marketplace or Federally Facilitated Marketplace become newly eligible for Medicaid coverage.

  • CCF Publishes Brief on Children’s Health Coverage in Florida

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published an issue brief on the state of children’s health coverage in Florida. The brief shows that although the rate of uninsured children in Florida has been decreasing over the last five years, it is still much higher than most of the nation at 11.1%. The brief discusses recent enrollment trends and explores the potential impact of the ACA, CHIP funding renewal, and Medicaid expansion on coverage.

  • 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.

  • KidsWell Partners Submit Comments on Arkansas Private Option

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    CCF, NHeLP: KidsWell partners, the Georgetown Center on Children and Families (CCF) and the National Health Law Program, joined 13 other national and state organizations in submitting comments to CMS regarding the Arkansas Medicaid 1115 Waiver, the “Private Option.” The comments expressed concern about the impact  premiums and co-payments will have on consumers and urged  CMS to deny the request to waive the non-emergency transportation benefit. CCF also blogged about the comments.

  • KidsWell Partners Featured in USA Today

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    CCF, CA, FL, TX: Four KidsWell partners were featured in a USA Today article exploring states that expanded Medicaid coverage for children but did not expand coverage for adults. Quoted in the article are Joan Alker, executive director for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, Kelly Hardy, senior director of health policy for Children Now, Greg Mellowe, policy director for Florida CHAIN, and Anne Dunkelberg, associate director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

  • CCF Studies ACA’s Impact on Children’s Health Coverage

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families and the Urban Institute released a study that found the ACA did not have a statistically significant impact on the national rate of uninsured children, but children’s uninsured rates remain at historical lows. The study also found that a majority of uninsured children appear to be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but are not enrolled, and uninsured children are more likely to have access issues and unmet health needs.

  • CCF to Host Webinar on Coverage Rates for Children and Families

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) will host a webinar on September 9th on how parents and children have been impacted by health reform. The webinar will focus on the reports from CCF and the Urban Institute on coverage rates, which are scheduled to be released on the same day. Registration is available now.

  • 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.
  • Tricia Brooks of CCF Publishes Health Affairs Article on 2015 Open Enrollment

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    CCF: Tricia Brooks, a senior fellow for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, published an article in Health Affairs highlighting lessons learned in the initial open enrollment period (OEP) and key issues that should be addressed in advance of the 2015 OEP which begins this November.  These issues include improving: systems functionality; coordination across Insurance Affordability Programs; renewal and reconciliation processes; outreach; consumer assistance capacity; training for Navigators and other assisters; call centers; and planning for future needs.
  • By the Numbers! TCP Blogs about California’s Eligibility and Enrollment Data Reporting

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    CA: Kristen Golden Testa, director for The Children’s Partnership, wrote a guest blog for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ Say Ahhh! blog about California’s data reporting on Medi-Cal and marketplace eligibility and enrollment.  KidsWell CA advocates are also providing input to state agencies on additional data elements for future reporting.  
  • CCF To Host May State Partner Call on Network Adequacy

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    CCF & NHeLP: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families will host a State Partner call on May 20, 2014 to discuss network adequacy rules across Medicaid, CHIP and marketplaces.  The National Health Law Program will serve as a subject matter expert during the webinar.   
  • CCF Published Policy Brief on Medicaid and CHIP Renewals

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) published a policy brief about Medicaid and CHIP renewals for MAGI populations.  The brief highlights: federal renewal requirements; required coordination between Insurance Affordability Programs; potential state challenges during the first year of implementation and implementation options.  The issue brief also highlights the requirement that children with Medicaid who are found ineligible at renewal may receive CHIP coverage for one year.  On April 22, 2014, CCF hosted a state partner call on renewals and highlighted Washington State’s experience. 

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