This Congressionally mandated evaluation found the SCHIP program to be successful in nearly all of the areas examined. The findings reveal an effective program. For example, the findings demonstrate that states were prompt to develop generous programs and design effective outreach strategies to attract and enroll children, and that states adopted simplified application and enrollment processes to aid families and retain enrollees. SCHIP programs were found to provide health coverage to the population SCHIP was intended to serve, particularly to children who would otherwise have been uninsured. The programs availed enrollees of needed primary and other health care services, leaving enrollees with fewer unmet needs than they would have had in the absence of SCHIP. Families were satisfied with the ease of enrolling children, many of whom remained enrolled for 12 months, depending on the state.
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