In this presentation, Fund president Karen Davis discusses state strategies to expand health coverage, including:

  • retaining and expanding employer participation;
  • leveraging federal matching funds;
  • redesigning programs;
  • simplifying and streamlining program eligibility and redetermination;
  • targeting special populations; and
  • generating new revenue.

States With Less Than 12% Uninsured,
2003–2004

  Percent Uninsured (ages 0–64) Percent Employer (ages 0–64) CHIP/ Medicaid Kids Eligibility Level* (%FPL) Working Parents Eligibility for Public Insurance (%FPL)
Minnesota 9.3 73.1 275 275
New Hampshire 11.4 76.6 300/ 185 61
Rhode Island 11.5 66.6 250 192
Vermont 11.5 61.9 300/ 300 192
Hawaii 11.7 69.0 200 100
Wisconsin 11.7 69.1 185 185
Massachusetts 11.8 69.8 200/ 150 133
Delaware 11.9 69.7 200/ 133/ 100 120
U.S. Average 17.5 62.6 Median= 200% Most don't cover
Sources: KCMU/URBAN Institute Analysis of 2002 and 2003 CP, September 27, 2004; www.statehealthfacts.kff.org.
      *Children's eligibility levels vary by age.