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 Discusses CHIP on CSPAN

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    CCF: Elisabeth Wright Burak, senior program director at the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, discussed CHIP during her appearance on CSPAN’s Washington Journal. Ms. Burak reviewed the importance of CHIP with callers from around the country.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 Releases Two Reports on Arizona's CHIP Experience

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families released two reports on Arizona’s decision to end its CHIP program. The first report provides findings from focus groups and interviews with parents whose children lost health coverage when Arizona became the only state in the country without an active CHIP program. The second report examines Arizona’s experience and offers insights from a national perspective.
  • 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.
  • CCF To Host Webinar on CHIP Funding

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    CCF: On January 16, The Georgetown Center on Children and Families will host a webinar with PerryUndem Research about the future of CHIP if funding expires. The call examined Arizona’s scaling back of its CHIP program beginning in 2010 and discussed if other states might follow suit should funding not be reauthorized. During the webinar, CCF will release a commissioned report by PerryUndem on the subject.
  • 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 Summarizes Governor’s Letters on Future of CHIP

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a summary of governors’ responses to a Congressional inquiry about the future of CHIP. Congress asked the governors about their support for extending CHIP funding and for recommendations to improve the program and children’s coverage. To date, 40 governors have responded to Congress’ inquiry.

  • 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.

  • NAM Posts Q&A on Uninsured Hispanic Children Report

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    NAM, CCF: New American Media posted a Q&A with Sonya Schwartz, author of a study released by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families on the state of health coverage for Hispanic children. The Q&A covers: background issues; the large uninsured Hispanic child population in Texas; the future of children’s health programs; and available resources to families applying for 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 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 Releases Report on the State of Children’s Health Coverage

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families released a report focused on the state of children’s health coverage. The report found that in 2013, the uninsured rate for children did not significantly decline from the previous year for the first time in five years. The report suggests the future of children’s coverage will depend heavily on whether or not Congress renews funding for CHIP.

  • 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.

  • CCF to Host State Partner Call

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families will host a state partner call on October 21st. The call will include a discussion of the findings from the federally mandated evaluation of CHIP. 

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