Issues in Developing Programs for Uninsured Children: A Resource Book for States. A. Purpose of the Resource Book


This resource book has been developed for states planning to implement new or expand existing children's health insurance programs in response to the availability of funding provided under Title XXI of the Social Security Act. The resource book contains reference information on nine states that established children's health insurance expansions prior to enactment of Title XXI. It is intended to provide relevant information for states as they design their own children's health insurance programs. The experiences of the state programs documented in this resource book have been identified as a result of a project funded by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Health Policy. The project focused on existing state children's health insurance programs in nine states: California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington.

The resource book includes information on the nine programs, the benefits offered, cost sharing arrangements, eligibility criteria and enrollment processes, outreach efforts, provider issues, and coordination with other types of programs. Examples of state programs and approaches are provided, however, they are not intended to be an identification or description of best practices.