Examining the Causes and Consequences of Unstable Insurance Coverage and Identifying Solutions

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Instability in health insurance coverage is a chronic concern for low-income families and often creates problems for the providers trying to serve them. Many states have attempted to help families and individuals remain enrolled in coverage for which they qualify by ensuring continuous coverage for children, simplifying eligibility renewal processes, and other reforms. State budget pressures, however, have stalled or reversed progress in many cases. This project, together with a complementary study by the New York Academy of Medicine (see below), seeks to gain a better understanding of how turnover, or churning, in insurance coverage affects families and health systems. Using data obtained from program administrators, health plans, and providers, Georgetown University researchers will analyze the causes and consequences of churning in public programs serving low-income families with children. These data, along with findings from interviews, roundtables, and site visits, will help project staff develop a set of policy recommendations for state and federal policymakers to help stabilize public coverage http://www.georgetown.edu

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Georgetown University
Principal Investigator:
Cindy Mann, J.D., and Laura Summer, M.P.H.
Award Amount:
$128,648.00
Approval Date:
April 13, 2004

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