August marked the 20-year anniversary of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is widely recognized as offering affordable and age-appropriate health coverage and having significantly reduced the uninsured rate of children in low and moderate income families. While federal funding for the program is currently set to end on September 30, states continue to prioritize children’s coverage and families value the coverage offered through CHIP. This webinar showcased the program’s successes by highlighting CHIP’s contributions to improving children’s coverage rates and featuring two state perspectives on the unique aspects of CHIP as well as the possible future role of the program in the changing health policy landscape.
- Debbie I. Chang, M.P.H, Senior Vice President of Policy and Prevention, Nemours Children’s Health System.
Ms. Chang works to leverage Nemours’ expertise and experience to spread what works through national policy and practice changes to improve the health and well-being of children nationwide. Ms. Chang has more than 30 years of federal and state government and private sector experience in the health field. She has held key government positions including National Director of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program when it was first implemented in 1997 at the Federal Department of Health and Human Services.
- Cathy Caldwell, Director of the Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance, Alabama Department of Public Health.
Ms. Caldwell has over eighteen years of state government service with the Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance, directing the separate CHIP program known as ALL Kids, providing healthcare coverage to over 80,000 children. She is a current a member of the National Academy for State Health Policy and has served or is currently serving on numerous national committees related to children’s health insurance coverage as well as healthcare reform implementation.
- Genevieve M. Kenney, Ph.D., Co-Director and Senior Fellow, Health Policy Center, The Urban Institute.
Ms. Kenney is a nationally renowned expert on Medicaid, CHIP and health insurance coverage, access to care and health outcomes for low-income adults, children and families. Her current research includes analyses of the Affordable Care Act, state-level Medicaid reforms, medical homes and other service delivery reform initiatives in Medicaid and CHIP, and take up of Medicaid, CHIP and subsidized marketplace coverage.
- Ruth Kennedy, Health Policy Director, Southern Strategy Group
Ms. Kennedy recently joined Southern Strategy Group of Louisiana where she continues her lifelong work to improve access to quality health care for children and families. Her areas of focus and expertise include major streamlining and simplifying Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and enrollment processes in Louisiana, focus on retention at renewal, outreach, and eligibility culture change.