Interim Evaluation Report: Congressionally Mandated Evaluation of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. A. Background and Policy Development

02/26/2003

The initiation of a new health insurance program required publicity to ensure that eligible families would learn of it and apply on behalf of their children. States implementing SCHIP were required by Title XXI to describe their outreach strategies in their SCHIP plans. To ensure that program funds pay primarily for health care, Title XXI prohibits states from spending more than 10 percent of their SCHIP expenditures on administrative activities, including outreach.

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