Performance Improvement 2008. Have States Reduced the Number of Uninsured Low-Income Children?


This study assessed States' progress in reducing the number of uninsured low-income children and States' progress meeting State Children's Health Insurance Program performance goals. The Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1999 requires that every three years the Office of Inspector General evaluate whether States are enrolling Medicaid eligible children in their State Children's Health Insurance Programs and assess States' progress in reducing the number of uninsured low-income children, including their progress meeting State plan strategic objectives and performance goals. This study addressed the second mandate. The first is addressed in a separate study. Researchers analyzed the percentage change between 2002 and 2005 in the number of uninsured low-income children out of the total population of low-income children. Researchers analyzed all performance goals listed in States' 2006 Annual Reports and compared progress to 2005.

Nationally, the percentage of uninsured low-income children decreased between 2002 and 2005, although no State had a statistically significant change in the percentage of uninsured low-income children. In 2006, 37 States met or made progress in meeting at least half of their performance goals.

Report Title: Assessing States' Progress in Meeting State Children´s Health Insurance Program Goals.
Agency Sponsor: OS-OIG, Office of Inspector General
Federal Contact: Claire Barnard, 202-205-9523
Performer: Office of Inspector General

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