This study could not have been completed without the cooperation and assistance of many individuals. Most importantly, our thanks go to all the state and local program staff, staff from community-based and advocacy organizations, and local discussion group participants who contributed to this study. These individuals were tremendously generous with their time and provided us with a wealth of critical information and insights.
The authors wish to thank many current and former staff at the Urban Institute who played an important role in this project. We especially thank Michael Fix and Wendy Zimmerman for their invaluable work in laying the groundwork for this study and providing constructive suggestions throughout the project. Frank Ullman provided much appreciated assistance with completing the site visits and contributing to the final report. We also thank Ian Hill and Corinna Hawkes for sharing valuable information about SCHIP and Medicaid implementation, based on their own work in this area.
Finally, we are indebted to David Nielsen, our ASPE Project Officer, for his commitment to this project and helpful guidance throughout the study.
This report was prepared by Pamela A. Holcomb, Karen Tumlin, Robin Koralek, Randy Capps, and Anita Zuberi of The Urban Institute for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under contract number HHS-100-99-0003, Task Order No. 14. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or to the Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders.