Did the Los Angeles Children's Health Initiative Outreach Effort Increase Enrollment in Medi-Cal?

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Did the Los Angeles Children's Health Initiative Outreach Effort Increase Enrollment in Medi-Cal?

Abstract

In 2003, the Children's Health Initiative of Greater Los Angeles (CHI) launched the Healthy Kids Program to cover children in families with incomes below 300 percent of the federal poverty level regardless of immigration status. Concurrently, the CHI contracted community-based organizations to support outreach to uninsured children eligible for any public program, including Medi-Cal (California Medicaid). We analyze five years of data on enrollment and disenrollment to investigate whether, in addition to Healthy Kids enrollment, CHI outreach generated "spillover" enrollment into Medi-Cal. Findings suggest outreach contributed to modest increases in Medi-Cal enrollment that were somewhat offset by increases in disenrollment.

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