Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families

In Focus Brief
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Mar 29, 2016
Authors
Michaella Morzuch and Sheila Hoag

Key Findings:

  • Cities participating in the CEHACF initiative supported 12,919 enrollments and 3,304 renewals from August 2014 through December 2015.
  • Cities must be educated about, and committed to, implementing best practices, including direct, one-on-one enrollment assistance.
  • Institutionalized relationships with essential partners, such as schools, health clinics, and other community-based organizations, are key to supporting outreach efforts.
  • Cross-city relationships facilitate sharing of ideas, challenges, and lessons learned.

More than 16,000 uninsured children and parents nationwide enrolled in or renewed health insurance coverage through the Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families (CEHACF) initiative. Implemented in eight cities across the country, the competitive grant program aimed to improve public health by using comprehensive enrollment campaigns for children and their parents who were eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The initiative was sponsored by the Atlantic Philanthropies, administered by the National League of Cities, and evaluated by Mathematica Policy Research.

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