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 Publishes Fact Sheet on CHIP Coverage for Legal Immigrants

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a fact sheet on the option for states to use federal matching dollars to cover lawfully residing children during their first five years in the country. Under the 2009 Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), twenty-nine states elected to provide coverage using federal funds. Research shows that access to health coverage and services among immigrant children improved substantially in states that elected to enact the provision.

  • 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 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.

  • KidsWell Partners Publish Report on Uninsured Hispanic Children

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    CCF, NCLR: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza released a report showing the percentage of uninsured Hispanic children has steadily declined over the past five years. According to the report, 590,000 more Hispanic kids had coverage in 2013 than 2009, but more than 2 million remain uninsured. The report recommends: making the outreach and enrollment process available in high-quality Spanish; clarifying that families can apply for health coverage for their children regardless of their immigration status and without fear of retribution; and providing community-based enrollment assistance.

  • CCF To Host Webinar on Health Care for Immigrant Families

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) will host a webinar on immigrant eligibility for and enrollment in health coverage on February 20, 2014.  The webinar will examine ACA provisions that affect immigrants’ eligibility and barriers they may face, particularly among mixed-status families.  Registration is available now. 

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

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