State Children's Health Insurance Program
A First Look at Children's Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA in 2014 (Policy Briefs/Health Policy Briefs)
Beginning in June 2013, the Urban Institute's Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS), which was designed to provide early feedback on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has been tracking changes in health insurance coverage and other outcomes for children under the ACA. In contrast to adults, uninsured rates for children had been declining in the decade before the ACA's passage, largely because of the expansion of public coverage (Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program) which is substantially generous and draws high participation among children. Estimates derived from HRMS children's supplement suggest that uninsured rates for children had not changed by June 2014 from their pre-ACA levels, though there are reasons to expect that children's coverage will grow in future years.
In Pursuit of Health Equity: Comparing U.S. and EU Approaches to Eliminating Disparities (Policy Briefs/Timely Analysis of Health Policy Issues)
|Posted to Web: September 09, 2014||Publication Date: September 09, 2014|
Researchers compare and contrast the U.S. public policy approach to tackling the problem of health disparities with the European approach in this paper. They begin by providing an overview of the ways in which the issue of health disparities has been framed in American and European policy discourse. They next compare how health disparities have been addressed in policy statements produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and by the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, emphasizing the US emphasis and race and ethnicity and the European orientation to economic status.
Increase in Medicaid under the ACA Reduces Uninsurance, According to Early Estimates (Policy Briefs/Health Policy Briefs)
|Posted to Web: June 30, 2014||Publication Date: June 24, 2014|
An important strategy for increasing health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expanded enrollment in Medicaid, which provides free or very low cost health insurance to low-income people. Over 6 million individuals enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program between October 2013 and April 2014 despite the fact that only about half of the states have expanded Medicaid and the early problems with the federal health insurance website. This brief takes advantage of new data from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey to examine how much of the increase in Medicaid coverage is a net gain in insurance coverage rather than a shift to Medicaid from other coverage, as well as whether there are differences in the patterns of Medicaid changes across states and among different population subgroups.
Measuring Medicaid/CHIP Enrollment Progress Under the Affordable Care Act (Research Report)
|Posted to Web: June 26, 2014||Publication Date: June 26, 2014|
Since the beginning of the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on October 2013 and April 2014, Medicaid/CHIP enrollment increased by 6.0 million. This accounts for almost half of enrollment increase projected by the Urban Institute's Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model to occur by the end of 2016 when the full ACA coverage effects are expected. Progress is greater in states that expanded Medicaid but there is variation even among these states. This variation is likely due in part to differences in outreach and application assistance efforts by states and whether they used fast-track enrollment strategies.
Uncompensated Care for the Uninsured in 2013: A Detailed Examination (Research Report)
|Posted to Web: June 13, 2014||Publication Date: June 13, 2014|
Millions of uninsured people use health care services every year. We estimated providers’ uncompensated care costs in 2013 to be between $74.9 billion and $84.9 billion. We calculated that in the aggregate, at least 65 percent of providers’ uncompensated care costs were offset by government payments designated to cover the costs. Medicaid and Medicare were the largest sources of such government payments, providing $13.5 billion and $8.0 billion, respectively. Anticipating fewer uninsured people and lower levels of uncompensated care, the Affordable Care Act reduces certain Medicare and Medicaid payments. Such cuts in government funding of uncompensated care could pose challenges to some providers, particularly in states that have not adopted the Medicaid expansion or where implementation of health care reform is proceeding slowly.
The Effects of Express Lane Eligibility on Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment among Children (Article)
|Posted to Web: May 30, 2014||Publication Date: May 30, 2014|
We estimate the impact of Express Lane Eligibility (ELE) implementation on Medicaid/CHIP enrollment in eight states using 2007-2011 data from the Statistical Enrollment Data System. We use fixed effects difference-in-differences models to allow the experience of non-ELE states to serve as a counterfactual to assess the changes in the ELE states. Across specifications, ELE effects on Medicaid enrollment among children were consistently positive, ranging between 4.0 and 7.3 percent, with most estimates statistically significant at the 5 percent level. Our results imply ELE has been an effective way for states to increase enrollment and retention among children eligible for Medicaid/CHIP.
Coverage For Low-Income Immigrant Children Increased 24.5 Percent In States That Expanded CHIPRA Eligibility (Article)
|Posted to Web: May 19, 2014||Publication Date: January 31, 2014|
By 2011, twenty states and the District of Columbia had expanded eligibility for federally funded public insurance to low-income immigrant children within their first five years of legal residence in the United States under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) of 2009. Data from the National Survey of Children's Health shows that compared to immigrant children in states that did not expand eligibility, children in states expanding eligibility experienced a 24.5 percent increase in insurance coverage, largely due to greater enrollment in public insurance. These immigrant children also experienced significant reductions in unmet health care needs, compared to their counterparts in non-expansion states. Disparities relative to children in nonimmigrant families were substantially reduced in states that expanded eligibility, compared to states that did not. Expanding eligibility for federally funded public insurance to immigrant children within their first five years of legal residence in other states could improve coverage for immigrant children and might also increase access to care.
The Urban Institute Health Policy Center's Medicaid/CHIP Eligibility Simulation Model (Methodology Report)
|Posted to Web: May 06, 2014||Publication Date: May 01, 2014|
The Urban Institute Health Policy Center's Medicaid/CHIP Eligibility Simulation Model is a microsimulation that uses rules about Medicaid/CHIP eligibility to approximate adults' and children's eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP. It has been used to simulate eligibility in the 50 states and Washington DC for the years 2008-2012 (before the Affordable Care Act [ACA] was implemented) and 2014 (simulating the new coverage provisions of the ACA). It has also been used to simulate eligibility in Puerto Rico in 2011 and enrollment under hypothetical statehood. It relies on the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS).
Overlapping Eligibility and Enrollment: Human Services and Health Programs Under the Affordable Care Act (Research Report)
|Posted to Web: March 26, 2014||Publication Date: March 26, 2014|
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created new opportunities for health and human services programs to integrate eligibility determination, enrollment, and retention. Using two large microsimulation models—the Transfer Income Model, Version 3, and the Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model—we find considerable overlaps between expanded eligibility for health coverage and current receipt of human services benefits, particularly with Earned Income Tax Credits, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. In an appendix, we identify specific data sharing strategies that seek to increase participation, lower administrative costs, and prevent errors.
Tax Preparers Could Help Most Uninsured Get Covered (Policy Briefs/Timely Analysis of Health Policy Issues)
|Posted to Web: February 18, 2014||Publication Date: December 01, 2013|
More than 74% of uninsured consumers who qualify for ACA health coverage file federal income tax returns. This includes over 90% of consumers under age 35 who qualify for subsidies in health insurance marketplaces. Most low-income taxpayers use tax preparers, including 64.6% of EITC claimants, more than 78% of whom file by March 31, the final day of open enrollment. State and federal officials and private leaders concerned about ACA enrollment should seriously explore partnering with commercial and nonprofit tax preparers to reach the eligible uninsured and move towards a healthy, balanced risk pool.
|Posted to Web: February 18, 2014||Publication Date: February 18, 2014|