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 Report on Healthy Utah’s Positive Impact

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families, in conjunction with Utah Voices for Children, released a report on the positive impact Healthy Utah, the State’s proposed Medicaid expansion proposal, would have on working parents and families. The report found that 68% of parents that could benefit from the expansion are working and only 8% are unemployed. The report also notes that the proposal could be an opportunity to reduce the number of uninsured children in the state, as Utah currently ranks 43rd in the country for percent of uninsured children.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 Tackles Medicaid Expansion at Florida Briefing

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    CCF: Joan Alker, executive director for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), presented at a Medicaid expansion briefing in Tallahassee sponsored by the Florida Philanthropic Network.  Alker highlighted the implications of Florida’s decision not to expand Medicaid including the loss of at least $7 million per day in federal funds. 

  • CCF Releases Fact Sheet on Florida’s Decision Not to Expand Medicaid

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) released a fact sheet highlighting the implications of Florida’s decision not to expand Medicaid and key issues for policymakers and stakeholders.  The research illustrates that without expansion only 37% of uninsured Floridians will have a path to coverage as compared to 68% with expansion.  In addition, Florida is losing out on almost $7 million per day by not accepting enhanced federal Medicaid dollars.

  • CCF Published New Resources on Health Care Reform

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) published three new resources on health care reform:

  • 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 Thanked FL Advocates Despite Legislature's Failure to Pass Medicaid Expansion

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) published a post on their Say Ahhh! blog thanking Florida advocates for their efforts even though the legislature did not approve Medicaid expansion during its 2013 session. CCF wrote that “It’s important to remember that in Florida, and in any state for that matter, the door is not closed as the federal funding is still available to tap should policymakers have a change of heart. In Florida, there was a strong effort to move forward on Medicaid and it will continue.” CCF also highlighted the impact of this inaction on the 1 million uninsured Floridians who stood to gain coverage under expansion.
  • 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.
  • CCF Discusses Premium Assistance Option for Medicaid Expansion

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    CCF: Joan Alker, of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), published a blog post on CCF’s Say Ahhh! Blog regarding CMS’s recently released Q&A on how states can pursue a premium assistance model as an alternative approach to Medicaid Expansion.  According to Ms. Alker, the Q&A’s main message was that if states want to require Medicaid beneficiaries to access Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) in the Exchange, states will need a Section 1115 waiver and provide beneficiaries with a choice of at least two QHPs.
  • State Partner Call Alert! CCF Held Call to Discuss Medicaid and CHIP Premium Assistance and Consumer Assistance

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families held a state partner call to review CCF’s new report – Premium Assistance in Medicaid and CHIP: An Overview of Current Options and Implications of the Affordable Care Act. In addition, the call also featured a discussion on current issues in consumer assistance.
  • 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 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.

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