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Covering Kids and Covering Kids & Families (1997 – 2007)

Between 1997 and 2007, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) invested nearly $150 million in two major initiatives focused on reducing the number of eligible, uninsured children and adults through enrollment in Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Covering Kids and Covering Kids & Families comprised the nation’s single largest effort of its kind to ensure that every child and adult eligible for public health coverage received it.  The Southern Institute on Children and Families served as National Program Office for both initiatives, which helped transform today’s Medicaid and SCHIP programs.

The Covering Kids initiative was authorized by RWJF in 1997.  From 1997-2002, Covering Kids statewide and local projects and coalitions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia focused on reducing the number of uninsured children through three strategies: 1) outreach to eligible, uninsured children; 2) simplification of burdensome eligibility policies and practices; and 3) coordination of eligibility policies and procedures among different coverage programs.  Statewide and local projects and coalitions served as change agents and encouraged a fundamental shift in perceptions of Medicaid from a welfare program to a health insurance program with a new consumer focus.  Covering Kids also played a significant role in encouraging states to simplify the process required to establish eligibility for Medicaid or SCHIP.  As a result of these simplification efforts, SCHIP and Medicaid enrollment for children’s health coverage is now more family-friendly. 

Click on a state name below to learn more about Covering Kids statewide and local projects in operation between 1997 and 2002.

Covering Kids Statewide and Local Project Information (1997-2002)

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas

Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina

North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

 

 

In May 2001, RWJF authorized Covering Kids & Families, which expanded the target population from children only to encompass both children and adults.  Covering Kids & Families also operated in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The initiative retained a focus on the strategies of outreach, simplification and coordination and also focused on building knowledge, experience and capacity for sustainability beyond the conclusion of the initiative. 

Covering Kids & Families statewide and local projects and coalitions across the nation were instrumental in reforming eligibility policies and practices and establishing networks and collaboratives that have made a significant difference in the lives of millions of children and adults who otherwise would still be in the ranks of the uninsured.  Please see Covering Kids & Families: Promising practices from the nation’s single largest effort to insure eligible children and adults through public health coverage, which was published by the Southern Institute in April 2007.  It features statewide and local coalition promising practices related to outreach, simplification and coordination, as well as examples from grantee participation in the Southern Institute’s Eligibility Process Improvement Collaboratives.

Click on a state name below to learn more Covering Kids & Families statewide and local projects in operation between 2001 and 2007.

Covering Kids & Families Statewide and Local Project Information (2001-2007)

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas

Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina

North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

 

 

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