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Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on Priorities for SCHIP Reauthorization


The 10th Commonwealth Fund Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey highlighted the perspectives of a diverse group of experts on issues related to reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in 2007. Although enactment of the program a decade ago was controversial, the survey found widespread support for the program today. Respondents feel that the program has been successful in meeting its goal of improving health insurance coverage for low-income children and ensuring access to care. Further, a strong majority of health care leaders would institute measures to improve enrollment, ensure healthy development, modify SCHIP's funding formula, and expand the program to cover more low-income children, including legal immigrant children. Opinion leaders' strong support for SCHIP reauthorization to expand coverage and ensure quality health care for low-income children and their families is aligned with the principles laid out by the Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System.

This survey was conducted in partnership with Survey Findings: Summary and Tables

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    Publication Details

    Publication Date: April 1, 2007

    K. K. Shea, K. Davis, A. Gauthier, R. Nuzum, B. Scholl, and E. L. Schor, Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on Priorities for the State Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization, The Commonwealth Fund, April 2007


    Barry Scholl
    Senior Vice President for Communications and Publishing, The Commonwealth Fund
    Senior Vice President for Programs and Partnerships, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
    Rachel Nuzum
    Vice President, Federal and State Health Policy, The Commonwealth Fund
    Professor Emerita in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Senior Fellow, National Academy for State Health Policy