States Are Adopting New Policies to Help Children Stay Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP

This publication was made possible through the generous support of The Commonwealth Fund.

The “unwinding” of the continuous coverage requirement that was in place during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), and the impact on children with Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage has focused attention on the importance of stable coverage. A new federal provision requiring 12-months of continuous coverage for kids was effective January 1 but a growing number of states are adopting additional protections, particularly for young children. Multi-year continuous enrollment (CE) for children during their pre-school years — particularly if combined with other reforms in the delivery of children’s care — can be a game-changer for children, improving well-being, outcomes, and equity.

In a new article prepared for The Commonwealth Fund, Manatt Health reviews the evidence supporting continuous enrollment  and a provides a snapshot of state action around the county. 

To read the full article, click here.



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