Issues in Developing Programs for Uninsured Children: A Resource Book for States. E. Coordination of Adult and Child Services

03/02/1998

Washington State has worked to integrate its program for uninsured adults and children as much as possible in order to provide a simple method for families to obtain insurance. The state-supported program for adults, the Basic Health Plan, provides insurance coverage to adults up to 200% of poverty. This program enrolled children and adults until the advent of the Basic Health Plus program, a Medicaid expansion for children up to 200% of poverty. In order to prevent confusion within families qualifying for assistance, income eligibility was set at the same level for both programs. To simplify the effort further, there is a single enrollment form for both programs. In addition, there has been a tremendous effort focused upon synchronizing provider networks between the two programs. This year marked a significant event, when the two agencies administering the two programs sent out a joint RFP soliciting health plans to contract with the programs. There have also been consistent efforts to integrate the programs' computer systems.