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Facilitating Children's Enrollment and Retention in Public Insurance Programs Using Health IT

Public insurance programs such as Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and extensions of these programs offered by local government provide access to healthcare for millions of low-income children. Still, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (PDF - 1.5MB) go to exit disclaimer estimates that 9 million children remain uninsured and, of those, nearly two-thirds are eligible for either Medicaid or CHIP. Some of the uninsured children who do not qualify for Medicaid or CHIP may be eligible for other public insurance programs such as those administered at the local level. Collaboration among stakeholders and use of health IT can help remove barriers and ensure that children are enrolled and retained in these programs.

This module is designed to help users understand how health IT can address barriers to children's enrollment and retention in public insurance programs, including cross sector data sharing within States, more effective outreach to at-risk children, families and communities and assistance to health care providers and case workers. The intended audiences for this module include government officials, health care providers, and other educational and social service stakeholders responsible for the well-being of children. The questions below address key topics:

What are the key barriers to enrollment and retention and how can health IT help?

What are States doing to address enrollment and retention issues using health IT?

How can States fund their children's public insurance enrollment and retention efforts?

Is there a return-on-investment (ROI) from automating enrollment and retention efforts?

What can we learn from States that have used health IT to improve enrollment and retention?

How can Federal and State initiatives promote health IT for public insurance enrollment and retention?

Developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration as a resource for health centers and other safety net and ambulatory care providers who are seeking to implement health IT.
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