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February 28, 2012
Cathy Hope edits Say Ahhh! A Children's Health Policy Blog by Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families By Cathy Hope, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families NPR reporter Nina Totenberg tells the story of how Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan briefly met her sister the day she learned she was pregnant. He got caught up in the excitement and about eight months later, he asked Nina about when the baby was due. When he learned that Nina’s new niece, Clara, was already two weeks old, he quickly sent off a letter enthusiastically welcoming the newborn to the...
February 7, 2012
Undoubtedly you’ve heard about Super Bowl XLVI , but have you heard of CHIP III which is also taking the field this weekend? CHIP is short for the Children’s Health Insurance Program which was reauthorized three years ago this weekend. To mark the occasion, we at Say Ahhh! hosted a Super Blog-Off between Patriots fans and Giants fans. But here’s the kicker – they have to compete for kids. That’s right, we’ve taken HHS Secretary Sebelius’ “Connecting Kids to Coverage Challenge” quite literally and want the teams to compete based on how much they are doing to help uninsured children. While we...
November 18, 2011
By Sue Berkowitz While South Carolina is often a state cited for being first on list for outcomes that are bad and last in those that are good, we have some surprisingly positive news. The South Carolina Medicaid director Tony Keck, in his 2012-13 budget request to Gov. Haley, asked for an additional $35 million in order to enroll another 70,000 children in Medicaid. Doing so would cut the number of kids without access to affordable health care in South Carolina almost by half. These children are already eligible for the program. This request is simply attempting to fund implementation of the...
November 18, 2011
by Tricia Brooks A recent survey by Lake Research Partners refreshes our knowledge of barriers to enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP. Commissioned by CMS for its Connecting Kids to Coverage initiative, the survey interviewed nearly 2,000 parents with income at or below 250% of the poverty level; about one-third each with uninsured children, children enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP, or children covered by employer insurance. Almost a quarter of respondents were Spanish speakers and as a result, the findings provide insight into the differences in approaches needed to reach English versus Spanish...
November 18, 2011
By Tricia Brooks Consistently over the years, studies have shown a high level of satisfaction by parents whose children are covered by Medicaid or CHIP. So it's no surprise that a recent survey conducted by Lake Research Partners for CMS confirms this finding once again. What is somewhat surprising is that parents with kids enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP were more likely to be highly satisfied than parents whose children are covered by employer insurance. Two-thirds (66%) of parents with a child in Medicaid/CHIP say they are "very satisfied" with their coverage, compared to less than half (48...
July 15, 2011
“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. “ --- Hubert H. Humphrey Joan Alker By Joan Alker , Co-Director, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center for Children and Families Our nation’s leaders are facing a watershed moment as they try to build a consensus on how to best address the long-term deficit. The path our government takes at this pivotal point in...
July 14, 2011
By Rylin Rodgers, Lebanon, Indiana Being Matthew (age 14) and Laura’s (age 11) mom has been a remarkably life-expanding experience. One of the unexpected bonuses was a crash course followed by endless emergence learning about health care financing. When I was pregnant with Matthew, my husband and I felt well-prepared to meet the financial responsibilities of parenthood: we had college educations, owned a home, were blissfully without consumer debt and, via my husband’s job as a high school history teacher, had great private insurance. Six months later, as Matthew spent his first Christmas in...
July 7, 2011
Natural disasters such as the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri and the flooding that affected residents of several states along the Mississippi river, serve as stark reminders of the important role the federal government plays in helping states respond to such events. Health care is one of the most pressing needs victims of natural disasters face and states and local communities often need the help of the federal government to meet those needs. The most immediate health care needs are met through the National Disaster Medical System to support local health agencies in responding to disasters...
May 24, 2011
Most of us can figure out ways to cutback on our energy consumption to reduce our expenditures at the gas pump but cutting back on health care is a bit trickier. We can’t very well stop our kids from getting sick and even if we could, it wouldn’t impact our premiums – insurers would just pocket the savings. But that’s about to change.
February 11, 2011
Cross posted from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families Say Ahhh! blog By Liane Wong and Eugene Lewit, David and Lucile Packard Foundation Even though last week seemed like it was all about the run-up to the Super Bowl, many of us in the nation had another cause to celebrate. February 4, 2011 was the second anniversary of the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a historic federal-state partnership launched in 1997 to provide health coverage for uninsured children, and close the gap for families with modest incomes which are above Medicaid eligibility...
February 5, 2011
(In honor of the Superbowl, Say Ahhh! is hosting a Super Blog-Off to determine whether the Steeler Nation or Packer fans are doing a better job of Connecting Kids to Coverage. Please read both blogs and vote for your favorite by submitting a comment. Comments must be submitted by kick-off Sunday night. See Say Ahhh! for details on the competition.) As this photo attests, we are quite serious about making sure every child gets the best coverage. No baby should leave the hospital without health insurance or a Terrible Towel. Such a beautiful sight, new born babes swaddled in Terrible Towels. (...
February 5, 2011
"People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society." - Vince Lombardi
February 3, 2011
Cross posted from Say Ahhh ! (Editor's Note: CHIPRA celebrates its second anniversary this week and Say Ahhh! is featuring guest blogs about how the law has impacted children and families in their states. Mary Wachtel of Voices for Ohio's Children is today's featured blogger. Ohio was also featured in CCF's 50-state survey of Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and enrollment released by Kaiser last month and Mary joined CCF at the report release event.) By Mary Wachtel, Voices for Ohio's Children Like others, I look forward every year to the release of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the...
November 12, 2010
Despite millions of dollars being poured into anti-health reform advertisements and mailings, the poll did not find a mandate for action one way or another. The poll also found that several key provisions of the Affordable Care Act remain very popular, even among those who support repeal of all or parts of the law.
October 24, 2010
An investigation conducted by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce confirmed that major insurers consider pregnancy to be a pre-existing condition that would result in an automatic denial of coverage, and that insurers typically exclude maternity coverage from the plans they offer individuals who are not pregnant.
October 21, 2010
"Hundreds of consumers have contacted my office, upset over Regence refusing to cover kids and for blaming its recent rate increases on health reform," said Commissioner Kreidler in a statement. "I can understand why they're confused and mad. I'm sick and tired of the insurance industry pulling these stunts and misleading the public about health reform. I expect better of companies wanting to do business in Washington."
August 5, 2010
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the " Get Covered. Get in the Game initiative" which will be launched in seven pilot states across the country including: Colorado, Florida, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Ohio and Wisconsin. The initiative brings together coaches, schools, and communities to educate families with children who are eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) about the immediate availability of free and low-cost health care programs for children.
June 24, 2010
The Restemayers' story is a powerful reminder of why we all need to be rolling up our sleeves and making sure that health care reform works as intended for families and children.
March 3, 2010
if Congress and the Administration are unable to find a way to follow-through on health reform this time around, only time will tell how this missed opportunity would impact all of us, our children and our grandchildren. Let’s hope they are able to rise to the challenge so future generations won’t look back on this moment in history and think to themselves how much better life would be “if only …”