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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  • 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.

  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 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.   
  • 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 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. 

  • 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 Announced Collaboration on ACA Monitoring Survey Focused on Children’s Health

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    CCF:  The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) announced plans to help fund and analyze a child supplement to the Health Reform Monitoring Survey, an internet-based survey designed to provide rapid-cycle feedback on the ACA.  The supplement will ask questions about children’s access, service use, and affordability. CCF plans to release an issue brief on children’s outcomes under the ACA in spring 2014.

  • CCF Blogged About Medicaid and Marketplace Enrollment and Preparedness

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    CCF: In December the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) blogged about: early CMS enrollment data for Medicaid/CHIP, finding that enrollment in both expansion and non-expansion states is off to a good start; the elimination of CHIP waiting periods in 16 states; 23 states’ CHIPRA performance bonuses; and lessons learned from the Medicare Part D roll out as Marketplaces opened for enrollment in October 2013.

  • CCF and Kaiser Family Foundation Published a Report on Medicaid Eligibility and Enrollment

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation, published a report on state Medicaid eligibility and enrollment policies that will go into effect on January 1, 2014. The 50 state analysis reviews states’ progress toward implementing: a single streamlined application model; an integrated technology system between Medicaid agencies and Marketplaces; and a new eligibility verification plan. The report also tracks the five federal enrollment strategies as states transition to new eligibility and enrollment processes.

  • CCF Blogged About Marketplace Enrollment

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    CCF: In November the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) blogged about: Marketplaces’ performance during the second month of open enrollment; early HHS enrollment data for the State-based, Partnership and Federally Facilitated Marketplaces and Medicaid, finding that enrollment is off to a good start; and the media’s misleading reports on Marketplaces.

  • 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
  • CCF Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) released a statement on its Say Ahhh! Blog celebrating that thousands of people signed up for health care coverage through the Marketplaces on October 1st.  CCF highlighted that Kentucky had more than 24,000 people apply for coverage through its State-based Exchange - Healthcare Connection - and had 1,000 applications processed within the first hour.
  • National KidsWell Partners and U.S. News & World Report Hosted Live Twitter Chat!

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    First Focus & CCF: First Focus, the Urban Institute, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, and U.S. News & World Report hosted a live Twitter chat to discuss the benefits children and their families will receive under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Topics discussed included how the ACA will: benefit children; impact children with disabilities; impact the cost of care; and help families shop and select a health plan to fit their needs.
  • CCF Published Post on Final Medicaid, CHIP, and Exchange Rule, Highlighting Income Verification Requirement

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    CCF: Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) Say Ahhh! Blog published a post regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) final rule on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Exchanges. The blog notes that four of the eight priority issues identified in CCF’s comments on the proposed rule were addressed in the final rule. CCF was pleased to see HHS is working with states to identify alternative strategies if states are not ready to implement a single streamlined application by open enrollment on October 1st CCF also was glad that the final rule formalized a new certification application counselor program for Medicaid and CHIP, strengthened the cost-effective test, and reaffirmed that participation in premium assistance is voluntary. However, CCF noted that HHS missed an opportunity to eliminate CHIP waiting periods and hopes that HHS will release additional final regulations on this and other issues not addressed in the final rule, including: first year coverage for infants, coverage for former foster children up to age 26, simplification of paper based-documentation of citizenship verification, and a more comprehensive definition of “lawfully present.”

    CCF also published a blog post explaining the final rule’s income verification language  that was misinterpreted by the media. CCF confirmed that all Exchanges will be required to verify applicants’ reported income to confirm their eligibility for insurance affordability programs. However, if the applicant’s reported income is significantly lower than what is reported in their tax return and if no additional electronic sources of income data are available to confirm the reported amount, State-based Exchanges have the option in 2014 to accept the income level reported by the applicant. If the State-based Exchange elects to use this option it must implement random sampling of applicants to ensure that relying on applicant’s attested income is reliable.

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