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 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 Florida and CCF Will Hold Webinar on Consumer Assistance and the Exchange

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    FL & CCF: On July 19, KidsWell Florida and Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) will hold an educational webinar on helping Floridians enroll in coverage through the Exchange. The webinar provided information on who is eligible to receive coverage from the Exchange, who can help individuals enroll in coverage, and the roles of navigators and certified application counselors. Presenters included, Tricia Brooks, Senior Fellow of CCF, Laura Goodhue, Executive Director of Florida CHAIN, and Greg Mellowe, Policy Director of Florida Chain.
  • CCF Published Blog on Navigator and Assister Training

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ (CCF) say Ahhh Blog! published a post outlining recommendations for implementing a successful and effective training program for Navigators and Assisters in Exchanges. Recommendations included: selecting navigators and assisters with the core competencies outlined in federal regulations; establishing a tiered assistance model; training navigators and assisters on state Medicaid and CHIP enrollment requirements and ensuring training is an ongoing and interactive process; assembling a support team of IT, eligibility, and enrollment specialists; and develop a training program that “thinks long term” to enhance retention.
  • CCF Released Comments to Navigator Proposed Rule

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families submitted comments on HHS’s proposed rule on standards for navigators and assisters in Health Insurance Exchanges. As part of their comments, CCF provided examples of the number of individuals in states that are expected to use these assistance programs and the amount of funding needed to ensure that individuals receive the assistance they need. CCF argues that available consumer assistance funding for states planning to use only the federal navigator grant will be “strikingly inadequate” and recommends that HHS identify additional resources to fund these programs, especially in the Exchanges’ first year of operation.  In addition, Tricia Brooks of CCF published the last post in the Say Ahhh! Navigator blog series highlighting the importance of determining the correct amount of Navigators needed in small and large states

  • CCF Reviews Federal Proposed Rules on Navigators and In-person Assisters

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    CCF: Tricia Brooks of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), published a blog post in CCF’s Say Ahhh! Blog reviewing the navigator and in-person assister proposed rules that were released by HHS.
  • 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.
  • Trying to Navigate through Navigator Bills? Check out CCF's Blog Post!

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    The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) published a post in their Say Ahhh! Blog discussing legislative activity around Navigators and questions the number of proposed bills that attempt to restrict consumer access to needed assistance. 
  • CCF Blogged about the Differences Between In-Person Assisters and Navigators in State Exchanges

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families Say Ahhh! Blog published a post outlining the differences between in-person assisters and Navigators.
  • KidsWell National Partners Submitted a Letter to HHS Requesting Further Guidance and Clarification on the Role of Navigators, Agents and Brokers

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    CCF: The Center for Children and Families, in partnership with other national organizations, submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius requesting further guidance and clarification regarding the role of navigators, agents and brokers.
  • CCF Published a Brief Identifying Strategic Questions to Assist States in Development of their Navigator Programs

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    CCF: CCF published a brief, in collaboration with Enroll America, which identified strategic questions to assist states in the development of their Navigator programs, specifically around Navigator duties and competencies.
  • 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 Held Annual Conference in Arlington

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    The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) will hold its annual conference, 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 at the conference will 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. Registration is requested and is available here.

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